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The 2018 NC Literary and Historical Association Awards

(L to R) Jaki Shelton Green and Georgann Eubanks © Margaret D. Bauer

On Friday, October 26, in a ceremony in Greenville, the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association honored their 2018 award recipients.

The North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, established in 1900, is among the oldest organizations of its kind in the nation. For more than a century, they’ve worked to tirelessly to promote the Office of Archives and History and its work, and continue that legacy today by helping to support the diverse programs of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Their annual competitions aim to promtoe interest in North Carolina literature.

Here are the 2018 award recipients:

Roanoke Chowan Award for Poetry:
Heather Ross Miller, Women Disturbing the Peace. Hammond, LA: Louisiana Literature Press, 2018.

American Assoiciation of University Women North Carolina Young People’s Literature Award:
Carole Boston Weatherford, Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2018.

Ragan Old North State Award for Nonfiction:
Jerry Gershenhorn, Louis Austin and the Carolina Times. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2018.

Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction:
Wiley Cash, The Last Ballad. New York: William Morrow, 2017.

Current North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green received the R. Hunt Parker Award for significant contributions to the literary life of North Carolina.

Eddie Swimmer © Margaret D. Bauer

Cherokee dramatist Eddie Swimmer received the Hardee Rives Award for significant contribution and service to the Dramatic Arts in North Carolina.

Both annual and lifetime memberships in the N.C. Literary and Historical Association are available.

Members receive the North Carolina Historical Review, the journal published by the Office of Archives and History since 1924, and the annual issue of the North Carolina Literary Review, published by the English Department of East Carolina University with the support of NCLHA since 1992.

Members also receive invitations to members-only functions and receive discounts ranging from 10 to 25 percent on the registration and ticket costs of most public programs sponsored or co-sponsored by the Association and on selected publications issued by the North Carolina Office of Archives and History.

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