Alec Pollak Wins 2023 Hazel Rowley Prize

The 2023 Hazel Rowley Prize honoring the best book proposal by a first-time biographer has been awarded to Alec Pollak, who is at work on a biography of the American writer Joanna Russ.

This year’s Rowley Prize Committee was comprised of Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina (chair), Carl Rollyson, and Paula Whitacre. Of this year’s award, Gerzina said, “Our committee unanimously selected Alec Pollak’s proposal for a biography of Joanna Russ, which was very well-written and compelling, and a story we had not known before.”

The Rowley Prize has been awarded since 2014; Pollak is the ninth recipient. The prize will be given at the 2023 BIO Conference in New York City on May 19.