From my very first post I wanted to pay homage to the speech which inspired the title of my blog, Ain't I a Woman? by Sojourner Truth. Such a beautiful speech, such a beautiful name, such a beautiful woman. It is one of my favorite pieces. I strive to emulate this style in my own work. Poetic and powerful. Honest and unafraid. Memorable. And I like brevity. It too is beautiful. This is the standard I wish to be held to as I explore the question with you ~ ain't I a writer?
"Obliged to you for hearing me, and I do have a few things more to say..."

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

So Happy For My Friends!

       I've been active in the New Hampshire Writer's Project for a few years, and have followed their annual awards program all of that time. This year has been particularly fun to follow because I count almost all the award winners as friends! How wonderful is that? My name is even in one of them (you're welcome Tim). I don't know Andrew or Elizabeth, but maybe I should.

       Here is the official scoop;

      The NH Literary Awards ceremony will be held immediately following the conclusion of Writers’ Day 2014 on Saturday, March 22 at 4:30 p.m. in the Hospitality Center on the campus of Southern NH University. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

Voting is now open for the Readers' Choice Awards! For the next two weeks, you can vote for your favorite New Hampshire book and author. There are many wonderful nominees. Click here to vote
In addition to the Readers' Choice Awards, the following writers will be honored for their inspiring achievements. Hope you can join us on the 22nd to celebrate the NH literary community.
OUTSTANDING WORK OF FICTION
Understories by Tim Horvath
OUTSTANDING BOOK OF POETRY
Evidence that We Are Descended from Chairs by Andrew Merton
OUTSTANDING WORK OF NONFICTION
An Unquenchable Thirst by Mary Johnson
OUTSTANDING WORK OF CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
The Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever!
by Rebecca Rule, Illustrated by Jennifer Thermes
OUTSTANDING YOUNG ADULT BOOK
The Good Braider by Terry Farish
DONALD M. MURRAY OUTSTANDING JOURNALISM AWARD
Elizabeth Kelsey
OUTSTANDING BOOK-COVER DESIGN
World Enough and Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down
by Christian McEwen, Cover design by Henry James
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
Ernest Hebert

     I'm also really happy to share the latest review of Broken Buckets from a reader in Kansas.

"... I wanted to let you know that I'd very much enjoyed reading it. In fact, I gobbled it up. I've been so affected by school shootings and such, have written several poems about it - so very disturbing - and felt that you'd dealt with a horrific story in a very compelling and compassionate way. Thank you SO much for sharing - it was an exquisite tale."

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