Modern History Press Releases Nominations for the 96th Annual Society of Midland Authors Book Awards

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Ann Arbor, MI — Modern History Press, Michigan, has just nominated authors Tyler R. Tichelaar and Anya Achtenberg for the 96th Society of Midland Authors (SMA) Book Awards.

Tichelaar’s The Gothic Wanderer: From Transgression to Redemption raises the bar for literary criticism of the gothic classics for a new generation while linking them firmly to today’s 21st century media, such as Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. A seventh-generation resident of Marquette, Michigan, Tichelaar’s past scholarship includes definitive histories of Marquette as well as in-depth examination of Arthurian genealogies.

Achtenberg’s Blue Earth is an excoriating journey which connects America’s largest mass execution – the hanging of 38 Dakota Indians in 1862 with the farm crisis of the 1980s in rural Minnesota. The cultural scars of generations past reverberate in unexpected dimensions in this new novel. Minneapolis resident Achtenberg has taught creative writing widely, including at Intermedia Arts and The Loft in Minneapolis, New York University, Springfield College Boston, Hamline University, the University of Minnesota and elsewhere. In addition to fiction, her passion for poetry has landed her a finalist position in five major awards.

Past nominees from Modern History Press for the SMA Award include: Sherry Quan Lee for How to Write a Suicide Note, Larry Hayes for Mental Illness and Your Town, and Mark Elswick for PadMan.  Victor R. Volkman, Senior Editor at Modern History Press, says, “It is my greatest honor to put forward our strong team of midwestern authors for the annual SMA awards. Each year, I am awed anew at the diversity of our work and its contribution to the literary heartland of America. I wish each contestant the best of luck in the process.”

About the SMA Book Awards

Each year since its inception in 1915, the SMA has presented awards for excellence to authors and poets. Currently the Society presents awards of cash and recognition plaques to winners in the categories of adult fiction and nonfiction, biography, poetry, and children’s fiction and nonfiction published in the previous year. The juried competition is open to authors and poets who reside in, were born in, or have strong ties to the twelve-state Midwestern Heartland: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota or Wisconsin. For more information, visit

About Modern History Press

Modern History Press was founded in 2006 as an imprint of Loving Healing Press.  MHP’s core mission is “Telling empowering stories of life, conflict, and the struggle for identity in contemporary times.” It does so through biographies, poetry, fiction, and literary criticism on a variety of themes and locations. The Reflections of America Series highlights issues of social justice in the USA while the World Voices Series features the best of English-speaking writers from Asia, Middle-East, and Africa. To learn more, please visit




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