The 2018 Timothy Dow Adams Awards

The editors of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies are pleased to present the annual Timothy Dow Adams Awards in conjunction with the 2018 International Auto/Biography Association conference at the Universidade Federal de São João del-Rei, July 11-14.

The 2018 Timothy Dow Adams Faculty Award is made to a professor-student research team. Dr. Mildred Mickle of Penn State Greater Allegheny and Abandon Shuman, a graduate student in the Master of Social Work program at the University of Washington in Seattle, received the joint award for their interrelated presentations: “The Process of Writing the Transgender Multimedia Narrative: Doorways, Hallways, and In-Between” and “Mentoring Abandon Shuman’s Transgender Multimedia Narrative: Doorways, Hallways, and In-Between.” The prize includes financial support for travel and lodging as well as an invitation to submit an essay to a/b: Auto/Biography Studies.

The winner of this year’s Timothy Dow Adams Student Award is Silvia Maria Fernandez Alves da Silva. Fernandez Alves da Silva is a doctoral candidate in the Program of Letras at Costa Universidade Federal da Paraíba. Her presentation is entitled, “The Testimony of the Slave Poet Juan Francisco Manzano: Voices of Memory and Silence.” The student award includes a travel grant and an essay mentorship with the editors of a/b.

This year, the Timothy Dow Adams Awards were extended to include two travel grants awarded in consultation with the IABA Student and New Scholar Network. The winners of the 2018 travel grants are Ina Batzke, a doctoral candidate in the Graduate School of Literature at the University of Münster, and Agata Lagiewka, Lecturer in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the National University of Ireland, Galway. These travel grants were fully funded by generous donations. Thank you to all who contributed. If you would like to contribute to next year’s Timothy Dow Adams Awards, please contact Ricia Chansky at

These awards are made in honor of Timothy Dow Adams, one of the founding editors of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies and a longtime friend and supporter of the journal. His outstanding scholarship—including the two books, Telling Lies in Modern American Autobiography and Light Writing and Life Writing: Photography in Autobiography—have impacted greatly the study of life narratives. We hope his legacy lives on in these awards.

Congratulations to the 2018 winners!