2009 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award Winners

Mississippi Institute of Arts and LettersFiction: Frederick Barthelme for Waveland

Nonfiction: Charles W. Eagles for The Price of Defiance: James Meredith and the Integration of Ole Miss

Poetry: D.C. Berry for Hamlet Offstage 

Visual Art: Charles Crossley for the exhibition Charles Crossley: Textures, Shapes and Forms of Spirits.

Photography: Michael Loyd Young for his book Blues, Booze and BBQ

Musical Composition (classical/concert): Sandy Phillips for Sonata No. 2, for flute and organ.

Special Achievement Award: The Passions of Walter Anderson: A Dramatic Celebration of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, an interdisciplinary work of drama, art, music and dance performed at the 2009 Oxford Conference for the Book. It was a creative collaboration by Jimmyle Listenbee, Amanda Malloy, Kevin Malloy, Alex Mauney, Rhona Justice-Malloy, Jared Spears and Michael Barnett.

Lifetime Achievement Award: William Ferris