Judith Turner-Yamamoto

Poet, Fiction Writer


Author's Bio

Judith Turner-Yamamoto’s awards include  the 2020 Petrichor Prize, finalist; 2018 Ohio Arts Council Artistic Excellence Award, 2018 Bridport Prize for the Short Story, short list; fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Fundacíon Valparaiso; Fish International Short Story Prize, Runner-Up; Manchester Fiction Prize, Short List; StoryQuarterly Scholar, Sewanee Writers’ Conference; the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, the Virginia Governor’s Screenwriting Award, two Individual Artist Fellowships from the Virginia Commission on the Arts, and a Moving Words Poetry Prize from Arlington County, Virginia Arts Council. She has been a finalist for numerous additional awards, including the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Workshop, the Bridport Prize for the Short Story, and the 2015 Eludia Award, Sowilo Press. Her stories and poems have appeared in magazines and journals, including The Mississippi Review, The American Literary Review, Verdad, The Village Rambler, Parting Gifts, Potomac Review, Dash, and Snake Nation Review. Anthologies featuring her work include Neighbors, 2020; Show Us Your Papers, 2020; Boom Anthology, 2019; Fish Anthology 2016,(Fish Publishing, Cork, Ireland); Walking the Edge: A Southern Gothic Anthology, Dorothy Allison, editor; Gravity Dancers, Double Lives, Farm Wives and Other Iowa Stories, and Best New Poets 2005. She has taught fiction at the Writers’ Center at the Chautauqua Institution, the Danville Writer’s Conference, and at the Writers’ Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Publications & Prizes


Best New Poets 2005 (University of Virginia Press, 2018)
Fish Anthology 2016 (Fish Publishing, 2016)
Walking the Edge: A Southern Gothic Anthology, edited by Dororthy Allison (Twisted Road Publications, 2016)
Double Lives, Reinvention, and Those We Leave Behind (Wising Up Press, 2009)
Generation to Generation (Papier Mache Press, 1998)
Grow Old Along With Me (Papier Mache Press, 1996)
Farm Wives and Other Iowa Stories (Mid-Prairie Books, 1995)
Garden of the Dead (Regal House Publishing, 2022)
Loving the Dead and Gone (Regal House Publishing, 2022)
Neighbors (Crack the Spine, 2020)
Gravity Dancers (Paycock Press, 2009)
American Literary Review
Ballyhoo Stories
First for Women
Mississippi Review
Parting Gifts
Potomac Review
Short Fiction By Women
Snake Nation Review
Washington Review


Loving the Dead and Gone (Regal House Publishing, 2022)
Show Us Your Papers (Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 2020)
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Selected Awards and Honors

2020 Petrichor Prize, Regal House Publishing, Finalist and novel publication fall 2022

2018 Artistic Excellence Award, Ohio Arts Council

2018 Under the Gum Tree Nonfiction Prize, second place

2018, Bridport Prize for the Short Story, Short List

2017 The Story Project, Maryland Transit Authority, Purple Line

2016 Writer in Residence, Cincinnati Public Library Foundation, Finalist

2007 Arlington County, VA, winner, “Moving Words” Poetry Competition

2003 artist residency, Fundacíon Valparaiso, Mojacar, Spain

2003 residency fellowship, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

2002-2003 Individual Artist Fellowship in Fiction, Virginia Commission on the Arts

2002 StoryQuarterly Scholar, Sewanee Writers’ Conference

2000 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize

1999 Virginia Governor’s Screenwriting Award

1997-98 Individual Artist Fellowship in Fiction, Virginia Commission on the Arts

1997 Writer in Residence, The Chautauqua Institution

1989 Washington Prize for Fiction

1988 Fellow, Duke University Writers’ Conference

1988, Jenny McKean Moore Fellow, George Washington University

Awards Finalist

2018 Bridport Prize for the Short Story, 2016 Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Prize, 2016 Fish Publishing International Short Story Prize, 2016 Atlanta Review International Poetry Competition; 2015 Eludia Award, Sowilo Press; 2011 Manchester Fiction Prize; 2009 Bridport Prize for the Short Story; 1998 Governor’s Screenwriting Award; 1998 James Fellowship for the Novel in Progress, The Heekin Group Foundation; 1997 Tara Fellowship in Short Fiction, 1996 Sundance Institute Screenwriters Workshop; 1994 H.E. Francis Award, Ruth Hindman Foundation; 1992 Takeshi Kaiko Award; Finalist, Georgetown Poetry and Prose 1988 Literary Competition.


Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Alice Munro, Elizabeth Strout, Mary Gordon, Nicole Strauss
What I'm reading now: 
The Boy in the Field by Margot Livesey

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English American
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Born in: 
Asheboro, NC
North Carolina
Raised in: 
Asheboro, NC
North Carolina
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Last update: Oct 01, 2022