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Silas House awarded nation's largest prize given to LGBTQ writers


New York Times bestselling author, Berea College professor, and WUKY’s own Silas House has been awarded one of the most prestigious prizes an LGBTQ writer in the U.S can receive.

Lambda Literary hands out the Duggins Award annually to two LGBTQ-identified novelists who have “built a strong reputation and following, and show promise to continue publishing high quality work for years to come.”

In his acceptance speech, filmed for a virtual awards show, House said if he’s done anything worthwhile in his two decades of writing, he hopes that he’s made “another LGBTQ person—especially those living in rural places—feel seen and heard.”

House is a native of southeastern Kentucky, and now lives in Lexington. He also contributes to WUKY through his podcast “On the Porch.”

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.