Finalist, 2014 Minnesota Book Award, 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.