Awarded in the fall, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Chancellor's Regional Literary Award honors living authors who demonstrate a regional connection to the Upper Midwest in their published works of prose, poetry, nonfiction or drama.
The award includes an honorarium plus expenses to attend the award ceremony at UW-Whitewater. A dinner is held in the author's honor, along with a reading and book signing.
Tim O’Brien, a Purple Heart recipient who completed a tour of duty from 1969 to 1970 as a foot soldier with the 46th Infantry in Vietnam, will be honored for his body of literary works. He is best known for “The Things They Carried,” a blend of memoir and fictional stories about soldiers’ experiences during the Vietnam War.
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