Arlin G. Meyer Prize List

Winner of the 2022 Lilly Fellows Program Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Imaginative Writing


Scaring the Bears
By Gordon Johnston
Mercer University
Professor of English
Mercer University Press, 2021
ISBN: 978-0881467796

The Finalist: 


Somewhere to Follow
By Paul J. Willis
Westmont College
Professor of English
Slant Books, 2021
ISBN: 9781639820634

Stephen Heyde, Mary Franks Thompson Professor of Orchestral Studies, Conductor
Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 2
The Baylor University Symphony Orchestra
Baylor University, Waco, Texas

The Finalists: 

O Sacred Instrument
Craig Cramer, Professor of Organ
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Indiana

String Quartet No. 1: Vespers
Joel Scott Davis, Associate Professor of Music
Jeffrey Z. Flaniken, Associate Professor of Music
Samford University
Birmingham, Alabama

Prairie Songs: Remembering Ántonia
Brent Edstrom, Professor of Music
Scott David Miller, Director of Vocal Studies, Professor of Music
Whitworth University
Spokane, Washington

The Artisan
Robert Feller, Area Coordinator for Winds and Percussion
Biola University
La Mirada, California

Cambridge Songs Suite No. 2
Jim Taylor, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Fine Arts
LeTourneau University
Longview, Texas

Winner of the 2018 Lilly Fellows Program Arlin G. Meyer Prize


The Documentary FilmA Slice of Pie: A Love Story
  By Blis DeVault

  Associate Professor, Director, DIFT Program, School
  of Arts and Innovation
  Director, Xavier TV and Film Center, 
  Center for Innovation

  Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio

      Click Here for Film Trailer


The Finalists: 

Dieser Ort
Matt Farmer
Hope College
Holland, Michigan

Voices of Justice
Sister Judith Royer
Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, California 

A Name That I Admire
Sam Smartt
Calvin College
Grand Rapids, Michigan 


The Winner of the 2016 Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Non Fiction





Visual Arts in the Worshiping Church
By Lisa J. DeBoer
Professor of Art, Westmont College

Eerdmans, 2016
ISBN: 978-0802869517
Softcover: $24.00




The Finalists 




Fundamental Theology: A Protestant       God and Moral Obligation                        The Slain God: Anthropologists 
Perspective                                                By C. Stephen Evans                                  the Christian Faith
By Matthew L. Becker                                University Professor, Baylor University    By Timothy Larsen
Professor of Theology                               Oxford University Press, 2014                  Carolyn and Fred McManis
Valparaiso University                                ISBN: 978-0198715375                              Prof. of Christian Thought
Bloomsbury T&T Clark                              Softcover: $45.00                                       Wheaton College (IL)
ISBN: 978-0567568335                                                                                                ISBN: 978-0199657872
Softcover: $39.95                                                                                                          Softcover: 29.95

The Winner of the 2014 Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Visual Arts

Kenneth Steinbach, Professor of Art at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota, for a body of work featuring Under the Rose.


Kenneth Steinbach, Bethel University                Under the Rose Overview

More images of Under the Rose are available at the artist's website.

The Finalists:

The Lilly Fellows Program also honored four finalists for the award (see the artists' website for images of the finalists' artwork):

Gretchen Batcheller, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California (artist's website)

Mary Griep, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota (artist's website)

Katherine Sullivan, Hope College, Holland, Michigan (artist's website)

Jo-Ann VanReeuwyk, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan (artist's website)


Winner of the 2012 Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Imaginative Writing

Paper Anniversary
by Bobby C. Rogers
Union University
University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010
ISBN-13: 9780822961246

The Finalists:

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress:A Memoir of Going Home
by Rhoda Janzen
Hope College
St. Martin's Press, 2010
ISBN-13: 9780805092257

Beautiful Assassin
by Michael C. White
Fairfield University
HarperCollins, 2011
ISBN-13: 9780061691225

Heaven & Earth Holding Company
by John Hodgen
Assumption College
University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010
ISBN-13: 9780822961147

Winner of the 2010 Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Musical Performance

Innocents, directed by Dennis Friesen-Carper, REddel Professor of Music at Valparaiso University
Innocents, set to a libretto by Walter Wangerin, Jr., was written in response to the war in Iraq and meditates on the often tragic cost of the pursuit of power.  According to the selection committee's letter of citation, Innocents, “dramatizes the horror of Herod’s paranoid murder of not only the children of Bethlehem, but also (historically) his beloved wife Mariamme and their children.”


Tegel Passion, A Dramatic Cantata in Six Parts on the Martyrdom of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Directed by N. Lincoln Hanks
Associate Professor of Music Pepperdine University, for his

Reconciled: A Gospel Symphony
Directed by Gerry Jon Marsh
Director of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Seattle Pacific University

Winner of the 2008 Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Performing Arts

Rogue, by Erik Ehn
Mitchell Thomas, Director
Westmont College


Seven Passages, by Stephanie Sandberg
Stephanie Sandberg, Director
Associate Professor of Theater
Calvin College

Life is a Dream, by Pedro Calderón de la Barca y Henao
Fr. George Drance, SJ, Director
Artist in Residence
Fordham University

Winner of the 2007 Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Nonfiction

The Way That Leads There: Augustinian Reflections on the Christian Life
By Gilbert Meilaender, Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Professor of Christian Ethics, Valparaiso University
Eerdmans, 2006
ISBN: 080283213X


Practicing Mortality, Palgrave Macmillan, 2005
ISBN: 0230600913
By Christopher Dusting
College of the Holy Cross

The Gift of Story: Narrating Hope in a Postmodern World, Baylor University Press, 2006, ISBN: 1932792473
By Emily Griesinger and Mark Eaton
Azusa Pacific University

Dialogue and Drama: Elements of Greek Tragedy in the Fourth Gospel
By Jo-Ann Brant, Goshen College
Hendrickson Publishers, 2004
ISBN: 1565639073

Women, Religion, and Insanity in Mary Lamb’s ‘The Young Mahometan’”
By Julie Straight, Northwest Nazarene University
European Romantic Review, Vol. 16, No. 4,
October 2005: 417-438

Crisis of Doubt: Honest Faith in Nineteenth-Century England, Oxford University Press, 2006, ISBN: 0199287872,
By Timothy Larson,
Wheaton College

Winner of the 2006 Arlin G. Meyer Prize in the Visual Arts

Scattered Man
Cort Savage, Associate Professor of Art, Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina


Site-Specific Installation
Roger Feldman
Professor of Art, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, Washington

Cakewalk--After All is Forgiven
Joseph Piasentin
Professor of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California

Householder Sonata

Joel Sheesley
Professor of Art, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois

Contemplations on the Spiritual --Site Project, Cologne, Germany
Site-Specific Installation
Jo Yarrington
Professor of Art, Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut

Winner of the 2005 Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Imaginative Writing

Against Consolation
Robert Cording, Professor of English and
Poet in Residence, College of the Holy Cross,
Worcester, Massachusetts
ISBN 0-9678856-9-8
CavanKerry Press Ltd.
Fort Lee, New Jersey


Lives of the Sleepers
Ned Balbo
ISBN 0-268-02185-6
University of Notre Dame Press
Notre Dame, Indiana

Thirty Days on Retreat with the Exercises of St. Ignatius
Paul Mariani
ISBN 0-670-89455-9
Penguin Putnam Press
New York, New York

The Fork Without Hunger
Poems by Laurie Lamon
to be published by
CavanKerry Press in December 2005

Empty Room with Light
Ann Hostetler
ISBN 1-931038-10-4
Pandora Press
Telford, Pennsylvania

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy
Gary D. Schmidt
ISBN 1-618-43929-3
Clarion Books
New York, New York

Kin: The Trial of Carrie Buck
A two act drama by Jeff Barker
Produced at Northwestern College,
Orange City, Iowa, 2003

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