"Friendships that are won by awards, and not by greatness and nobility of soul, although deserved, yet are not real, and cannot be depended upon in time of adversity." Machiavelli, The Prince
2003: Minnesota Public Radio October "Poet of the Month" Poems broadcast weekly on "Word of Mouth."
2002: Three separate publications named The Boys' House as an Editors' Choice for books published in 2001: Newsday, Bloomsbury Review, and ALA Booklist. Booklist named it as one of the best in the category "Adult Books for Young Adults."
1999: Loft Career Advancement Fellowship
1998: Young Hoosier Book Award for Being Youngest
1991: Finalist for American Library Association's Best Nonfiction Books of 1990 for One Hundred Over 100
1986: Pacific Northwest Booksellers' Award for You Know What is Right
1985: National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction
1977: Selected US writer for US/UK Bicentennial Exchange Fellowship
1975: National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry