2003 New Voices Award Winners

We are proud to announce that Paula Yoo of Los Angeles, California, is the winner of our New Voices Award for 2003. Her story, Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story, was inspired by the true story of Dr. Lee's hard work and dedication that led to his place in history as the first Asian American athlete to win a gold medal at the Olympics.

Paula Yoo has a B.A. from Yale University, an M.S. in journalism form Columbia University, and an M.F.A in creative writing from Warren Wilson College. She has taught English at Glendale Community College and taught violin to underprivileged children in South Central, Los Angeles. Recently she was a staff writer during season four of NBC's "The West Wing," and she currently writes for the new FOX show "Tru Calling."

We are also proud to announce our 2003 Honor Award Winner, Lissette Norman of Staten Island, New York, who won for My Feet are Laughing a collection of unique, expressive poems that conveys the life of an exuberant young African American girl named Sadi who lives in her grandmother's brownstone in Harlem. Lissette Norman's poems are playful, yet sincere, and they give us a taste of a talented new voice for children.

Lissette Norman, whose parents are from the Dominican Republic, received her B.A. from Suny-Binghamton. Her work has appeared in anthologies, Moving Beyond Boundaries, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, and other magazines. Currently she is co-editor (with Willie Perdomo) of a fothcoming anthology of haiku by people of color, Making Jazz Swing in Seventeen Syllables.

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