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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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Writing of the Heart

     I was thrilled to receive The Provenance Prize last week, my very first literary award. Here is the press release (which I also wrote);

  May marked the debut of what we hope will become a Portsmouth tradition; the granting of

the old as adam prize in letters, or the “provenance prize”

for short, an award for creative writing. Conceived of and overseen by Adam Irish, proprietor of Old as Adam, a vintage haberdashery and curiosity shop located at 33 Ceres Street in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
       Chosen from a field of forty entries the winners of the literary contest were; Tammi Truax of Portsmouth in first place, Zachariah Johnson of Portsmouth in second, and Anthony Conti of Newmarket in third. All of the writers had to submit an original work of no more than 500 words about a particular antique from Adam’s shop, in this case a one hundred year old medical model of the human heart. Prizes were awarded at Portsmouth Book and Bar where the finalists read their work.
      The public is welcome to stop in at Old as Adam to help select the subject for the next Provenance Prize competition, which will be announced June 1st. The current winning entries can be read at http://oldasadam.com/provenance-prize-winners-spring-14/

Here are my friends who came out to hear me. Heartfelt gratitude to everyone involved in the evening.






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