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Congrats to Dannye Romine Powell and Jonathan K. Rice!

Dannye Romine PowellFrom the Charlotte Observer:

Poet and Charlotte Observer writer Dannye Romine Powell is this year’s winner of Central Piedmont Community College’s Irene Blair Honeycutt Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Literary Arts.

Jonathan K. Rice, editor of Charlotte’s Iodine Poetry Journal, won the Irene Blair Honecutt Legacy Award.

Powell was honored for her prize-winning poetry and her leadership and support of writing in Charlotte and North Carolina as a Charlotte Observer columnist.

Powell’s poems have appeared in such prestigious journals as Paris Review and Prairie Schooner. She’s the author of several poetry volumes, most recently A Necklace of Bees, and of the 1995 book Parting the Curtains: Interviews with Southern Writers.

Rice’s award was given for his outstanding service in support of local and regional writers. Rice is an abstract artist and poet. His 12-year-old Iodine Poetry Journal is published twice a year.

Even closer to home, Dannye  won the 2011 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition for her poem “I Am the Girl,” while attendees of the 2012 Spring Conference were lucky enough to spend Saturday in Jonthan’s company as he ran the exhibitor booth for Main Street Rag. Both are NCWN members.