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Annie Dillard 1945-

Born: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Religion: None



The Ellis School

B.A. Hollins College 1967 (English)

M.A. Hollins College 1968 (English)


Scholar-in-Residence, Western Washington University, 1975-1979

Professor emeritus, Wesleyan University


Phi Beta Kappa, 1966

Pulitzer Prize, general nonfiction (Pilgrim at Tinker Creek), 1975

New York Press Club Award for Excellence ("Innocence in the Galapagos," Harper's Magazine), 1975

Washington Governor's Award for Literature, 1977

Connecticut Governor's Arts Award, 1993

Western Pennsylvania Historical Society History Makers Award, 1993

National Endowment for the Arts/Literature Grant, September 1982-September 1983

Phi Beta Kappa Orator, Harvard Commencement Exercises, 1983

New York Public Library Literary Lion, 1984

Boston Public Library "Literary Light," 1990

John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Grant, September 1985-September 1986

Doctor of Humane Letters, Boston College, 1986; University of Hartford, 1993; Connecticut College, 1993. Subsequent honorary degrees turned down as they take days and days in heels.

Middletown Commission on the Arts Award, 1987

National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, 1987 (An American Childhood)

Appalachian Gold Medallion, 1989; University of Charleston, Charleston, West Virginia

St. Botolph's Club Foundation Award in the Arts, 1989; St. Botolph's Club, Boston

Ambassador Book Award in letters, English- Speaking Union, 1989 (for The Writing Life)

Boston Globe, "Best Books of the Decade" for Teaching a Stone to Talk

The Milton Prize, 1994 (The Milton Center, Wichita)

The Campion Award (America magazine-int'l), 1994

Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame, 1997

Fellow, Calhoun College, Yale, 1997-99

PEN Diamond-Vogelstein Award for book of essays, 1999, for For the Time Being, which is not a book of essays

Pour le meilleur roman etranger, the Maurice Coindreau award, 2002 for For the Time Being, tr. Sabine Porte, and 1975 for Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, tr. Sabine Porte.

Academy Award in Literature, 1998, from American Academy of Arts and Letters

Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1999-

century's 100 best nonfiction books includes Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

century's 100 best Western novels (Los Angeles Times) incl The Living

century's 100 best spiritual books (ed. Philip Zaleski) incl Pilgrim

100 best essays (ed. Joyce Carol Oates) incl "Total Eclipse."

Top Ten Books of the Year, The New York Times Book Review, includes The Maytrees

Sole finalist in North America for Dublin Times IMPAC award, for The Maytrees.

Irish Times, IMPAC Award for The Maytrees as one of the best novels of 2007 worldwide.


Contributing editor, Harper's magazine, 1974-1981, 1983-1985

Usage panelist, American Heritage Dictionary

Member, P.E.N., Poetry Society, Committee for Public Libraries, New York Public Library National
Literary Committee, (also “Library Lion”) National Committee on
U.S.- China Relations, McNair Mentors Program,
The Catholic Commission on Intellectual and
Cultural Affairs, NAACP, The Society of American
Historians, The Century Association, American
Society of Arts and Letters.

honorary board, Key West Literary Seminar

board, Western States Arts Foundation until 1988
Ossabaw Island Project until 1982
Ossabaw Foundation, 1994
The Milton Center, 1980
The New Press, 1992
Wesleyan Writer's Conference, 1984-?
Chairman, 1991-2003
Authors Guild Fund, active voter 1993-2011
Protect Historic America

member, U.S. Cultural Delegation to China
(scholars, publishers, writers), May-June,

member, U.S. writers delegation, UCLA U.S.-
Chinese writers conference, September, 1982

volunteer, St. Mary's soup kitchen (Fl) {and seldom:
Inter-faith Council soup kitchen (N.C.)} for about
10 years ending 2000

"mentor" Kingswood-Oxford Mentor Program 1990-98

prop., Key West Sat. Volleyball 1994-2004

juror: Associated Writing Program Award in
Nonfiction, 1983

Bollingen Prize, Yale University
Library, 1984

Pulitzer Prize General Nonfiction,
1985 and 1991.

Western States Book Award, 1988

PEN Martha Albrand Award in
Nonfiction, 1988 and 1989

Connecticut Commission on the Arts,
fiction, 1990

Society of American Historians, fiction

Barnes and Noble nonfiction prize 2000

Nominator: Lila Wallace Foundation

MacArthur Foundation--can't remember when

2013 member, American Acadamy of Arts & Sciences



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