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OSU Honors Author And Artist Lynda Barry

Oregon State University has given the 2021 Stone Award for Literary Achievement to Lynda Barry.

The author and artist is best known for a comic strip named "Ernie Pook's Comeek" that was published in alternative newspapers for more than 30 years. She’s also written 21 books and contributes to several magazines.

The award comes with a $20,000 honorarium, OSU said. Past recipients include Joyce Carol Oates and Tobias Wolff. It was last awarded in 2019 to author Colson Whitehead. The award honors "American authors who are dedicated to mentoring upcoming writers," according to the university. Barry teaches writing workshops geared toward non-writers.

“With Lynda Barry, we’re reaching beyond the traditional literary world, and honoring a writer who not only composes across genres — memoir, nonfiction, fiction, workbooks — but also combines text and image in her work,” said Susan Jackson Rodgers, a professor in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts and former Master of Fine Arts program director.

Barry is scheduled to speak at OSU's Corvallis campus on April 29, 2021. The university said the event may be held virtually, depending on policies regarding in-person gatherings at that time.

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December 2018 and became News Director in March 2023. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”