The Program

  • 6:30 - Cocktails                             
  • 7:30 - Dinner & Program           
  • 9:00 - Awards & Dessert           

Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Arts

Annie Proulx, a Ucross alumna and a former Ucross board member, will receive the inaugural Ucross Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Arts. David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, will present the award. (Ms. Proulx’s story “Brokeback Mountain,” which originally appeared in The New Yorker, was made into an Academy Award-winning film.) Her many honors include a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, and a PEN/Faulkner Award. In 2017, she was awarded the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters by the National Book Foundation. Ms. Proulx was the first Ucross fellow to win a Pulitzer Prize.

The timing of the New York Gala & Awards Dinner coincides with the American premiere of the Brokeback Mountain opera at New York City Opera, composed by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and MacArthur Fellow, Charles Wuorinen, with libretto written by Annie Proulx. (Ms. Proulx and Mr. Wuorinen spent time together at Ucross working on the opera.) For more information on the opera and tickets, visit New York City Opera’s website.

Prior to the award, the evening will feature performances by several distinguished Ucross alumni and special guests. Expected performers include Ricky Ian Gordon (The Grapes of Wrath, opera), Steve Lutvak (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), trumpeter Frank London, and singer-songwriter Kate Schutt. Special guests include Broadway stars Laura Benanti and Victoria Clark.

In addition to Annie Proulx, Ucross literary luminaries who will appear include authors Tayari Jones, Elissa Schappell, Sigrid Nunez, and Vanessa Londoño.