Steven G. Kellman
Steven G. Kellman

UTSA's Steven Kellman wins Gemini Ink literary award

(Sept. 26, 2008)--Steven G. Kellman, UTSA professor of comparative literature, received the Award for Literary Excellence at Gemini Ink's INKstravaganza on Sept. 25. The award was presented to the nationally known literary and film critic by Jane Ciabattari, president of the National Book Critics Circle.

INKstravaganza celebrated Gemini Ink's 11th year nurturing readers, writers and thinkers in San Antonio. The event at the historic Pearl Brewery stable showcased a FotoseptiembreUSA exhibition and silent auction with photos by Kathy Vargas, Al Rendon, Ricardo Romo, Trish Simonite, Luisa Wheeler, Larry Leissner and Rebecca Dietz, accompanied by dance music, gourmet food and wine.

Among his many achievements, Kellman is the 2007 winner of the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing -- the National Book Critic Circle's highest award -- and the 2005 Arts and Letters Award from the San Antonio Public Library Foundation.

He has written several books including "Redemption: The Life of Henry Roth" (W.W. Norton & Company, 2005), "The Translingual Imagination" (University of Nebraska Press, 2000), "The Plague: Fiction and Resistance" (Twayne Publishers, 1993) and "Loving Reading: Erotics of the Text" (Archon Books, 1985). His reviews and essays have appeared in The Texas Observer, The Georgia Review and San Antonio Current, among many other publications. Additionally, Kellman is Gemini Ink's founding board president.

The Award for Literary Excellence honors an area writer whose literary work has achieved national recognition and who has made a strong commitment to serving the community. Past recipients include Naomi Shihab Nye, David Liss and Sterling Houston.

A San Antonio-based literary arts organization and the only independent literary arts center in South Texas, Gemini Ink nurtures writers and readers and builds community through literature and the related arts. For more information on programs and offerings, contact Gemini Ink at (210) 734-9673.

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