This award was generously supported by Steven H. and Nancy K. Oliver. _
Lynda Barry is a writer and cartoonist whose comic strip “Ernie Pook’s Comeek” ran for thirty years in weekly papers across the continent. She has authored 21 books and received numerous awards and honors for her work including two William Eisner Awards, the American Library Association’s Alex Award, the Washington State Governor’s Award, the Wisconsin Library Association’s RR Donnelley Award, and the Museum of Wisconsin Arts’ Lifetime Achievement Award. She received an Honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Philadelphia University of the Arts in 2015, and was inducted into the Cartoonists Hall of Fame in 2016. In 2017, she received a lifetime achievement award from the National Cartoonists Society. Her work has appeared in many publications including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Vanity Fair,Esquire, Newsweek, Time, Salon, MotherJones, Poetry Magazine, and Tin House.
In 2008, her book One Hundred Demons was required reading for all incoming freshmen at Stanford University. She is an Assistant Professor in Interdisciplinary Creativity at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Chazen Family Distinguished Chair in Art.