Two Rochester-area authors received UR’s Andrew Eiseman Writers Award this year. The recipients, Susan Williams ’81 and Bill Kauffman ’81, won for their work in young adult literature and nonfiction categories, respectively.

Williams’s story, ‘Wind Rider,” is about a girl from Central Asia 6,000 years ago who learns how to ride a horse, which breaks her tribal customs.

Kauffman authored the nonfiction work, ‘With Look Homeward, America: In Search of Reactionary Radicals and Front Porch Anarchists.” In his book, Kauffman describes portraits of notable Americans, such as Dorothy Day, Grant Wood and Wendell Berry.

The award, named after UR alumnus Andrew Eiseman ’79, was first created in 2005.

Other authors who have received the Eiseman Award include biographer James Fleming, poet William Heyen and UR Professor, Roswell Smith Burrows Professor of English Joanna Scott.

Leber is a member of the class of 2011.

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