Thomas A. Wilhelmus Editors' Award

2014 Winner

Terrance Flynn

Terrance Flynn is currently working on a memoir titled Dying to Meet You, a darkly humorous tale of having a daughter through surrogacy followed shortly by a heart transplant. He is 2013-14 Stanford Calderwood fellow at the MacDowell Colony, and a 2013 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices fellow. He was awarded a 2014 Promise Award by the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and was a finalist for the Wabash Prize for Nonfiction judged by Cheryl Strayed. He's been published in Slice Magazine, and has essays forthcoming in Sycamore Review and Creative Nonfiction. His short fiction has been published by Cleis Press,, and in 2013, he won The Rattling Wall's annual microfiction contest. Terrance is a licensed psychotherapist currently living in Southern California with his partner and their four-year-old. Learn more at

Flynn's prize-winning essay, "Having Something," will appear in the fall 2014 issue.

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2013 Winner

Gabrielle C. Burton

Gabrielle C. Burton is a writer and filmmaker in Columbus, Ohio. After going to film school at the ESAV in Toulouse, France, she founded her production company, Five Sisters Productions, with her four real-life sisters whose award-winning films include Manna From Heaven (MGM/Sony), Temps (Netflix), Just Friends (Starz), The Happiest Day of His Life (MTV/LOGO), and Julia Sweeney's Letting Go of God (Showtime). Burton is currently helming Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens, a documentary on drag queens and kings in Columbus. As a writer, Burton's mentors include Andrea Hollander, Andrew Hudgins, and Verlyn Klinkenborg, and she will have a poem appearing in the upcoming Los Angeles Review. More about her can be found at

Burton's prize-winning essay, "East of East," appeared in the fall 2013 issue.

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2012 Winner

Mako Yoshikawa

Mako Yoshikawa’s first novel, One Hundred and One Ways, was published by Bantam in 1999. A national bestseller in the States, it has been translated into six languages, including German, Swedish, and Hebrew. Yoshikawa’s second novel, Once Removed, also published by Bantam, came out in 2003. Writing awards include fellowships from the Bunting Institute of Harvard University, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the MacDowell Colony. Yoshikawa, who was born and raised in Princeton, NJ, spent two years of her childhood in Tokyo. She has also lived in England, France, Switzerland, and New Zealand. She attended Columbia University, received a Masters in Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama at Lincoln College, Oxford, and has a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Yoshikawa's prize-winning essay, "Secrets of the Sun," appeared in the fall 2012 issue.

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Tom Wilhelmus

SIR nonfiction editor Tom Wilhelmus is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Southern Indiana where he taught and was an administrator for thirty-nine years. At USI he was Chair of the English Department for fifteen years, Associate Dean of Liberal Arts for thirteen years, and Acting Dean for one year. He was co-founder and -director of the RopeWalk Writers Retreat in New Harmony, and formerly served as Associate Producer and Producer of New Harmony Theatre. He was twice a director of the Evansville Philharmonic and was on the UE Friends of Music Board and a member of the selection committee for the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards conducted by the Indianapolis/Marion County Library Foundation. He was formerly a board member and chair of the Indiana Humanities Council, board member and president of the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, and member of the Committee on the Future for the Indiana Arts Commission. His book reviews appear annually in the Hudson Review.