English alumnus wins Lambda literary award

<p>Bill Konigsberg, who earned an MFA in Creative Writing from ASU in 2005, is the recipient of the 21st Annual Lambda Literary Award in LGBT in the children/young adult fiction category. Konigsberg, a sports writer and editor for the Associated Press, earned the national recognition for his 2008 book, &quot;Out of the Pocket,&quot; which was published by Penguin/Dutton.</p><separator></separator><p>The Lambda Literary Foundation, the nation's leading organization serving LGBT writers and readers, recognizes works in more than 20 categories of literature, including LGBT anthology, lesbian/gay memoir/biography, LGBT sci-fi/fantasy/horror, transgender fiction, and lesbian/gay poetry. More than 100 writers from across the United States were nominated for this year's Lambda Literary Awards.</p><separator></separator><p>&quot;Out of the Pocket&quot; is the story of Bobby Framingham, a star high school quarterback whose life changes dramatically as he grapples and eventually comes to terms with his sexuality and identity.</p><separator></separator><p>Konigsberg, an alumnus of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of English, visited ASU in fall 2008 and spoke about his new book as part of the annual &quot;Come Home to English&quot; homecoming events. The visit was coordinated by Konigsberg's friend and mentor, Jim Blasingame, ASU associate professor of English education and 2008 Parents Association Professor of the Year.</p><separator></separator><p>Ginger Hanson, <a href="mailto:Ginger.Hanson@asu.edu">Ginger.Hanson@asu.edu </a><br />480-965-7611<br />Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences</p>