Kinkade DeJoseph

Carson City Teacher/Author Honored with Writing Awards for Novels
Posted on 07/31/2023
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A Carson City School District teacher and author has been honored with two writing awards for his novels. “The Raven and the Crow: The Gray Throne,” written by Michael K. Falciani, the pen name of Mr. Kinkade DeJoseph, a teacher at Bordewich Bray Elementary School, won Best Fantasy Novel. Additionally, another one of his books, “The Dwarves of Rahm: Omens of War,” won Best Steampunk Novel.

The Imaginarium Convention, a convention for writers and storytellers of all genres, hosted in Louisville, Ken. July 14-16, 2023, featured three days of extensive panel and workshop programming, an expo, a film festival, live entertainment, literary and film awards, cosplay and more. As a culminating event to the convention, the Imadjinn Awards recognized finalists for all categories where books nominated must have been published for the first time between January 1 and December 31, 2022, to be eligible.

This year marked the 10-year anniversary of the awards. According to the author, this was the biggest and most competitive awards thus far.

“Hundreds of books were entered, and the awards were a MERIT based contest, meaning popularity did not factor into the evaluation,” DeJoseph said.

Both novels are set on different continents in the Raven and the Crow universe. For more information and other books in the series, visit  

To see the full list of Imadjinn Award and Imaginarium Convention Independent Film Festival Award winners for 2023, click here.

Also of note, in March and December of 2021 and earlier this year in March, graphic design students at Carson High School were recognized for the work they created in book cover design competitions for Mr. DeJoseph. Jaden Anderson, Edwin Iza, Damien King and Tierney Frost all furthered their careers by creating winning designs and earning contracts with the Three Ravens Publishing Company. King's design was selected as the book cover for Dark Storm Rising while Anderson's design was selected to be used as a branding logo for the entire Raven and the Crow series and on the title pages of all the books. Iza’s design was selected as the book cover for The Gray Throne and Frost’s design was selected as the book cover for Shores of Blood.