The John Steinbeck Award - "In the Souls of the People" - is given annually to writers, artists, thinkers, and activists whose work captures the spirit of Steinbeck's empathy, commitment to democratic values, and belief in the dignity of all people.
|John Mellencamp accepting the Steinbeck Award in 2012|
Several awardees have generously participated in benefit events for the Center for Steinbeck Studies:
- Bruce Springsteen (1996)
- Jackson Browne (2002)
- Joan Baez (2003)
- Sean Penn (2004)
- Garrison Keillor (2007)
- Michael Moore (2010)
- Rachel Maddow (2012)
- John Mellencamp (2012)
Proceeds from Steinbeck Award ceremonies go to support the activities of the Center for Steinbeck Studies, including the Steinbeck in the Schools project.