Jodi Lee Stutz
The Jodi Stutz Award, given to the best piece of poetry, was established in the memory of a past staff member and student at HSU.
Jodi Lee Stutz graduated from HSU with honors with her B.A. in English in 1984. During her time with us, she served as both Assistant Editor (1983) and Managing Editor (1984) while writing fiction and prose on her own. The award was established in 1987 after her death earlier that summer due to a tragic accident. Her peers all tell of her passion for writing and education, but also of her humor and bold personality. She had a guiding hand in starting the Raymond Carver Short Story contest, supposedly going straight up to the author and asking him to be the first contributor.
Professor David Holper at College of the Redwoods remembers her fondly, “Jodi was bright, energetic, feisty, fun, and a people magnet. She was not afraid in the least to speak her mind, and given what happened at John Deere with the copy machine, you can tell she didn’t care too much for social conventions. She was determined to become a successful writer, and I am confident that had she lived, we would now be reading her work and admiring it.”
You can read another article about her here. Jodi's photo is included in a Toyon staff photo from 1984.
Her works were passed on to our library and now reside in the Humboldt Room where they can still be accessed.
-Angela Compton, 2016-17 Toyon Managing Editor