Kay Sexton Award, 2020, for significant contributions and leadership in Minnesota's literary community.
Finalist, 2017 Upper Midwest Booksellers Association:, A Marriage Book: 50 Years of Poems from a Marriage. (Milkweed Editions, 2017)
Finalist, 2017 Minnesota Book Awards, A Marriage Book: 50 Years of Poems from a Marriage. (Milkweed Editions, 2017)
Finalist, 2014 Minnesota Book Awards, Memoir: Seeking the Cave: A Pilgrimage to Cold Mountain (Milkweed Editions, 2014)
The 2008 Milkweed Editions Award
for Distinguished Contribution to Literary Culture
Silver Medal, 2007 City and Regional Magazine Association (CRMA) Awards, Civic Journalism Category, for the 4 part series; "What Matters to Us: Public Education."
2nd place, 1997 Minnesota Page One Award for Excellence in Journalism,
First Place, Fine Arts American Film Festival, 1984, scriptwriter, for broadcast program "Prairie School Architecture", a presentation of TPT and UMN, carried also on the Independent Channel on cable, and PBS stations nationwide.