The University of Mary Washington Bookstore and the Department of English, Linguistics and Communication will host a book signing in honor of Jon Pineda, assistant professor of English, who received the 2016 Library of Virginia Literary Award for Poetry.
The event will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Bookstore in Lee Hall. The event is open to the public.
Pineda won the award following the publication of Little Anodynes, a Palmetto Poetry Series of personal narratives. Pineda earned a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and a master’s in fine arts from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Pineda is the author of five books. His novel “Apology” won the 2013 Milkweed National Fiction Prize and received a “starred review” from Library Journal. His memoir Sleep In Me was a 2010 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and was named a “Best Books of 2010” selection by Library Journal. He is the recipient of a Virginia Commission for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship and has twice served on faculty for the Kundiman Asian American Poets’ Retreat, held at Fordham University.
Pineda also received the 2016 UMW Alumni Association Outstanding Young Faculty Member Award, presented annually to an exceptional faculty member who has served the institution between two and five years.