2023 Connecticut Student Writers magazine and Recognition Night

Student Recognition Night

2023 CSW Award Night Speaker Chandra Prasad; click image for more information

Chandra Prasad is the author of the young adult novels Mercury Boys, a 2022 Connecticut Book Award finalist,  and Damselfly, a racially diverse, female-driven survival tale published by Scholastic.  Damselfly is used widely in schools as a modern parallel text with the Lord of the Flies.  Her general fiction titles include On Borrowed Wings, another Connecticut Book Award finalist; Death of a Circus, which Booklist calls “richly textured and packed with glamour and grit;” and Breathe the Sky, a fictionalized account of Amelia Earhart’s last days. Prasad is the editor of—and a contributor to—the W.W. Norton anthology Mixed, the first-ever collection of short stories on the multiracial experience. Her shorter works have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Week, Teen Voices, School Library Journal, and in literary, arts, and poetry journals. Prasad is a frequent guest speaker on podcasts and at high schools, universities, and literary conferences. She is also a contributor to New Haven Noir, an anthology edited by Amy Bloom.

Books: www.chandraprasad.com (http://www.chandraprasad.com/)
Email: chandraprasadbooks@gmail.com (mailto:chandraprasadbooks@gmail.com)
Twitter: @chandrabooks
ram: @chandraprasadbooks
Facebook: @chandrabooks
TikTok: @chandrabooks

Guidelines for Recognition Night

For our second live event since 2019, we will be implementing a few changes, some of which will likely be permanent and others which are hopefully temporary.
  • The event will be held Thursday,  in the Jorgensen Center for Performing Arts at UConn.
  • The event WILL BE catered but offerings will be light. Get there early! We would appreciate an RSVP so we have a head count.
  • Certificates WILL BE distributed at Recognition Night rather than electronically. We plan to call the names of all honorees at Recognition Night, but we will NOT be calling students to the stage—OTHER THAN THE 13 INVITED SPEAKERS.
  • We WILL BE honoring some teachers, too, with certificates.
  • Likewise, the magazine WILL NOT BE distributed in print at Recognition Night. The magazine WILL be distributed electronically as a PDF and WILL be available for download from our website. We would recommend for print copies that you use any of a number of online services, or even a place like Staples.
  • There WILL BE a keynote speaker–Chandra Prasad–and we WILL have 13 student speakers from grades K-12 who will read their work from the stage.
  • Chandra Prasad’s books WILL BE available for purchase, and she WILL BE signing books briefly at the end of the night.
  • There WILL BE parking in the South garage (the one by Gampel). You can use UConn’s paybyphone or a kiosk located near the elevators on the first floor of the garage and pay the $2.00 per hour rate for your visit. Seniors, young kids, etc., can be dropped off in front of Jorgensen and then Mom or Dad can take Alumni Drive to the South Parking Garage, park the car, and walk over along Hillside Road.
  • Directions, Maps, and Parking Info CAN BE found here: https://admissions.uconn.edu/visit/directions/
  • There is NO limit on the number of people who can attend. Jorgensen holds about 3000 and our largest pre-pandemic crowd was about 1600. Anyone can attend–siblings, teachers, grandparents, neighbors, the mailman. All are welcome.
  • Got questions? DO email us at cwp@uconn.edu. DO NOT call the office. We’re mostly working remotely.
Thank you!

Connecticut Student Writers 2023


Click Adele's Tiger to see lists of all of this year's honored student writers.

Connecticut Student Writers magazine

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Past Recognition Night Keynote Speakers

2023 Chandra Prasad

2022 Sarah Albee

2021 Veera Hiranandani (virtual)

2020: Veera Hiranandani (cancelled)

2019: Suzy Kline

2018: Matt de la Peña

2017: Gina Barreca

2016: Lynda Mullaly Hunt

2015: Heather Webb

2014: Rita Williams-Garcia

2013: Wally Lamb

2012: Elizabeth Thomas

2011: Katie Davis

2010: Barbara McClintock

2009: Mark Kimball Moulton

2008: Pegi Deitz Shea

2007: Karen Romano Young

2006: Suzy Kline

2005: Scot Haney

2004: Lucy Hurston