Hunter College Distinguished Professor Elizabeth Nunez, who teaches creative writing at Hunter, has won a 2011 Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers Award, a prestigious award which was won by three prominent writers this year. The author of seven novels including Anna In-Between (Akashic Books, 2009), Prospero’s Daughter (Ballantine Books, 2006), and Bruised Hibiscus (Seal Press, 2000), which won the American Book Award, Nunez is a champion of American writers of color. She co-founded the National Black Writers Conference, served as its director for 18 years and chaired the PEN American Center’s Open Book Committee.
She was executive producer for the Emmy-nominated CUNY TV series “Black Writers in America” and currently conducts creative writing workshops for residents of Brooklyn’s Bedford- Stuyvesant neighborhood. The Writers for Writers Award “recognizes authors who have given generously to other writers or to the broader literary community”; the other winners this year are poet Maria Mazziotti Gillian and novelist John Grisham.