Hats Off! to JS (Stan) Absher whose poetry collection Mouth Work won the Lena M. Shull Book Award sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society. The final judge was Ann Garbett. Mouth Work contains poems that reflect Stan's father’s childhood in northwest North Carolina and his own upbringing in the Blue Ridge and Brushy Mountains. Mouth Work will be published by St. Andrews University Press and launched at Poetry Day at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory on April 2.