Author of the Year

The 2016 Illinois Author of the Year is Melanie Benjamin.

Author Year
Melanie Benjamin 2016
Jesse Ball 2015
Libby Hellmann 2014
Marylin Brant 2013
Chris Ware 2012
Achy Obejas 2011
Tony Romano 2010
Li-Young Lee 2009
Simone Elkeles 2008
Scott Turow 2007
Mawi Asgedom 2006
Dave Eggers 2005
Fern Chapman 2004
Sandra Cisneros 2003
Mary Schmich 2002
Richard Powers 2001
Luis Rodriguez 2000
Jackie Joyner-Kersey 1999
Alex Kotlowitz 1998
Robert Owen Butler 1997
Leon Forrest 1996
Lisel Mueller 1995
Lucia Getsi 1994
Larry Heinemann 1993
Lucien Stryk 1992
Haki Madhubuti 1991
Elizabeth Talent 1990
Eugene Redmond 1989
Lloyd Kropp 1988
Stella Pevsner 1987
John Knoepfle 1986
Michael Anania 1985
Carl Sandburg 1984
Burl Ives 1983
Marguerite Henry 1982
J. M. Hook 1981
Harry Mark 1980
Natalia Belting 1979
Gwendolyn Brooks 1978
Richard Peck 1977
Victor Hicken 1976
Mike Royko 1975
Edgar Lee Masters 1974
Clyde S. Kilby 1973
Rebecca Caudill 1972
Dee Brown 1971

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