The Tracie Orsi Memorial Scholarship
Tracie Orsi first attended a Borderlands Boot Camp in 2011, and quickly established herself as a special talent. Her prose was marked by great dialogue, compelling characters, and memorable settings. In addition, her infectious personality infused the entire weekend with charm, wit, and intelligence. She absorbed the lessons of the Boot Camp like a sponge and returned the following three years with two different novels in progress and a published cook book based on the recipes of her New Jersey restaurant, Ragin’ Cajun. (She’d not only created the recipes, but did all the book’s photography, designed the layout, and did the typesetting). She enlivened our Boot Camp with her fiction as well as her insightful critiques; and became part of the Borderlands Press family.
When she told us five years ago she’d been diagnosed with bladder cancer, we were shocked, but also convinced she would beat it because of her energy and determination to succeed at whatever she attempted. She sent us updates of her treatment throughout the year and wrote a blog detailing the experience in prose both dazzling and searingly honest. As late as a week before the January 2015 Boot Camp, she promised to attend.
But it was not to be. And in less than a week, she was gone.
Tracie Orsi was an inspiration to everyone who met her, and left her mark on our Boot Camp. We will never forget her contributions to our intense weekends, and to ensure this, we have established a Scholarship in her name.
Each year, we grant a free tuition to the applicant who best exemplifies Tracie’s talent and energy and determination to improve. It is also be based on need. If you feel you have the talent, but lack the means to attend our weekend, send us a detailed letter along with your writing sample, and you will be under consideration to receive the Tracie Orsi Memorial Scholarship.