This event takes place the first Saturday in March.
Inaugurated in 2001, the American Indian Festival of Words Writers Award recognizes written contributions of outstanding American Indian authors, poets, journalists, film and stage scriptwriters. It is the first and only award given by a public library to honor an American Indian writer. The award is given in odd-numbered years. Recipients receive a $5,000 cash prize which is sponsored by the Maxine and Jack Zarrow Family Foundation.
2019 To be announced
2017 Tim Tingle (Choctaw)
2015 Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki)
2013 Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Creek)
2011 LeAnne Howe (Choctaw)
2009 No Award Given
2007 Carter Revard (Osage)
2005 Leslie Marmon-Silko (Laguna Pueblo)
2003 Vine DeLoria, Jr. (Standing Rock Sioux
2001 Joy Harjo (Muscogee Creek)