Photo provided by Lusher Charter SchoolÑBrad Richard founded the creative writing department at Lusher Charter School in New Orleans.

Brad Richard, chairman of the creative writing department at Lusher Charter School, has received the 2015 Louisiana Culture Award for Artist of the Year.

The award was one of 17 presented by Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and the Office of Cultural Development at the 2015 Louisiana Culture Awards reception April 14 at the Capitol Park Museum. The ceremony was held in conjunction with Culture Connection, the annual conference of Louisiana’s culture stakeholders.

Richard has published three collections of poetry and was the winner of the 2010 Washington Prize. His work has been featured in numerous prestigious anthologies and journals. Awards include the Century Swept Brutal/Black Ocean Award in Excellence; a Louisiana Division of the Arts Artist Fellowship in Literature; the Poets & Writers, Inc., Writers Exchange Award in Poetry; and a Surdna Foundation Artist Teacher Fellowship. He also is a co-founder of the New Writers Literary Festival (LitFest) and The Waves Reading Series.

At Lusher, Richard has guided 20 students from the creative writing program to receive scholarships to the Kenyon Review Young Writers Summer Workshop. He also founded Street, Lusher’s high school literary journal, which won top honors from the 2014 National Council of Teachers of English.

Other Louisiana Culture Award recipients from New Orleans are the Tipitina’s Foundation, outstanding arts organization; the Creole Wild West, Folklife Heritage Award; and Irvin Mayfield, Lieutenant Governor’s Passion for Culture Award.