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Good news from our members!

The North Carolina Writers' Network is happy to announce good news from our members. If you have had a piece published, won a prize in a competition, or received an award or honor for your writing, let us know and we'll post the news here. "Hats Off" announcements are available to members only. To post your item on the website, please click here.

Hats Off! to Maureen Ryan Griffin, recipient of the Irene Blair Honeycutt Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Literary Arts. The award was presented by CharlotteLit and Sensoria: A Celebration of Literature and the Arts. Named for poet, retired Central Piedmont Community College instructor and Sensoria founder Irene Blair Honeycutt, the award honors a community member who has contributed outstanding service in support of local and regional writers. Poet and nonfiction writer Maureen Ryan Griffin has for decades propelled numerous other writers in workshops and classes and as a coach. She is a writer, poet and teacher.

 

Hats Off! to those NCWN members who claimed First Prize in the 2018 Adult Contests sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society. NCWN Vice President of the Board Paul Jones of Chapel Hill won two contests: the Joanna Catherine Scott Award for his poem "Start the Game" and the Mary Ruffin Poole American Heritage Award for his poem "Where I Come From." Ralph Earle of Apex also won two First Prizes: the Poetry of Courage Award for his poem "My Father Walks Out" and the Poetry of Witness Award for his poem "Bring Me Back the Change." Other winners include Lee Ann Gillen of Chattanooga, TN, whose poem "Birth to Death" won the Caldwell Nixon Jr. Award; Sharon Howard of Boone whose poem "Hatchback Love" won the Katherine Kennedy McIntyre Light Verse Award; and to the many NCWN members whose poems were finalists...congratulations all!

 

Hats Off! to Anthony S. Abbott: the mayor of Davidson declared Sunday, April 8, "Anthony S. Abbott Day." The community celebrated at Main Street Books with the help of Charlotte Writers' Club - North. Tony read from several of his works, and was offered tributes from, among others, Diana Pinckney, Dede Wilson, and Irene Blair Honeycutt. Tony is the author of seven books of poetry, two novels, and four books of literary criticism. He is currently the Charles A. Dana Professor of English Emeritus at Davidson College. In 2015, he won the North Carolina Award for Literature, the highest civilian honor given by the state in recognition of his significant contributions in literature and public service.

 

 
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