Ursula Le Guin is an American author of novels, children's books, and short stories. Her short stories have been published in The Western Humanities Review, Fantastic Stories of imagination, Threshold, Millennial Women, and Amazing Stories. First published in the 1960s, her work has often depicted futuristic or imaginary alternative worlds in politics, the natural environment, gender, religion, sexuality and ethnography. She influenced such authors as Salman Rushdie, David Mitchell, Neil Gaiman, and Iain Banks. Her books, Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed, both won the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award, making her the first to win both awards for each book. She has also won the Locus Award, and the World Fantasy Award, each more than once. Le Guin, along with Ken Kesey, Brian Booth, and William Stafford, founded the Oregon Institute of Literary Arts, now known as Literary Arts, Inc. in Portland, Oregon. In 2014, she was awarded the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.