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Alumni Award for Distinguised Writer

The annual Florida State University Alumni Award for Distinguished Writing recognizes a living and renowned Florida State University graduate for a distinguished and influential body of published work. This work can be academic, non-fiction, fiction, or a combination. The winner will be acknowledged at Homecoming and will be sponsored by the Friends of FSU Libraries and coordinated through the FSU Alumni Association.

The Florida Book Awards

The Florida Book Awards, coordinated by the Florida State University Libraries-- and co-sponsored by the Florida Center for the Book, the State Library and Archives of Florida, the Florida Historical Society, the Florida Humanities Council, the Florida Literary Arts Coalition, the Florida Library Association, "Just Read, Florida!," the Florida Association for Media in Education, The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College, Friends of the Florida State University Libraries, the Florida Writers Association, and the Florida Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America -- is an annual awards program that recognizes, honors, and celebrates the best Florida literature and books about Florida published in the previous year.

The Fred L. Standley Award

The Fred L. Standley Award honors an outstanding faculty member within the University Libraries at the Florida State University for significant contributions to campus, state, national and/or international research librarianship and library development.  It is named for the late Fred L. Standley, FSU Daisy Parker Flory Professor of English and twice President of the Friends (1989-1995; 2006-2008), first recipient of the Friends’ Distinguished Service Award, for all of his long career in the English Department and the Faculty Senate, and a strong advocate for Florida State University Libraries.


Alumni Award for Distinguised Writer 2015 Winner - Matt Lopez

Matt Lopez is a film and television writer living in Los Angeles.  In 1993, he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts as part of the inaugural class of the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts.  A member of Phi Beta Kappa, he also majored in English, with a concentration in writing.  After graduating from Florida State, Matt attended New York University School of Law, earning his Juris Doctor in 1996.   Matt practiced entertainment law for two years before becoming a business affairs executive for DreamWorks, where he helped shepherd such films as American BeautySaving Private Ryan and Gladiator to the big screen. Read More




The Fred L. Standley Award 2015 Winners - 

Rachel Besara is the Director of STEM Libraries and Research Initiatives at Florida State University.  In this capacity she oversees both the Dirac Science Library and the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Library, leading the development of library services and spaces that meet the need of the 21st century STEM research community.   Previous to this position, Rachel was a founding member of the University Libraries’ Assessment Department, one of the first such departments in the nation.  The projects done during her time in the assessment department shaped the experiences of all of those using the libraries’ virtual presence, the Scholars Commons, Dirac Science Library, and UBorrow users statewide. Read More.



Micah Vandegrift, a native of Melbourne, Florida, first came to Florida State University as an undergraduate student in 2003. Intending to focus on the Renaissance, he was instead captivated by ethnomusicology, and his humanities major focused on twentieth century American subcultural music. A master’s thesis on Gainesville, Florida’s music scene as a response to the national post-punk subculture and an MA in American and Florida Studies followed. Read More

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