Judges for Statewide Writing Contest Announced

CHARLOTTE, NC (June 18, 2020) – The North Carolina Humanities Council has announced its 2020 panel of judges for the Linda Flowers Literary Award. Judges were selected based on expertise and level of literary involvement in the state of North Carolina.

The Linda Flowers Literary Award is given to exceptional North Carolina authors whose work celebrates the North Carolina experience and conveys excellence in writing. Submissions will be accepted online from April 1-June 25, 2020 at www.nchumanities.org.

Judges will be responsible for reviewing eligible contest submissions to select the 2020 Linda Flowers Literary Award recipient. The winner will be announced at the North Carolina Writers’ Network Fall Conference in Durham, November 13-14, and will receive a cash prize of $1,500 and a stipend for a writer’s residency at the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities.*

2020 Linda Flowers Literary Award Judges:

Luke Hankins www.lukehankins.net

Luke Hankins is the author of two poetry collections, Radiant Obstacles and Weak Devotions, as well as a collection of essays, The Work of Creation. He is also the editor of Poems of Devotion: An Anthology of Recent Poets. A collection of his translations from the French of Stella Vinitchi Radulescu, A Cry in the Snow & Other Poems, was released by Seagull Books in 2019. Hankins is the founder and editor of Orison Books, a non-profit literary press focused on the life of the spirit from a broad and inclusive range of perspectives.





Terry L. Kennedy www.terrylkennedy.com

Terry L. Kennedy is the author of the poetry collection, New River Breakdown, as well as the limited-edition chapbook, Until the Clouds Shatter the Light That Plates Our Lives. His work appears in a variety of journals and magazines and has been anthologized in Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry and The Southern Poetry Anthology Volume VII: North Carolina. Among Kennedy’s honors are the 2015 Tandy R. Willis Award for Most Promising Writer from the USC Union Upcountry Literary Festival and a 2016-2017 UNCG College of Arts & Sciences Teaching Excellence Award. He currently serves as the Director of the Graduate Program in Creative Writing at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and as Editor for both The Greensboro Review and the online journal, storySouth

Zelda Lockhart www.zeldalockhart.com

Zelda Lockhart holds a PhD in Expressive Arts Therapies, an MA in Literature and a certificate in writing, directing and editing from the New York Film Academy. Her latest books include Diamond Doris: The True Story of the World’s Most Notorious Jewel Thief by Doris Payne with Zelda Lockhart, and The Soul of the Full-Length Manuscript: Turning Life’s Wounds into the Gift of Literary Fiction, Memoir, or Poetry. Lockhart is author of novels Fifth Born, a Barnes & Noble Discovery selection and a Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Award finalist, Cold Running Creek a Black Caucus of the American Library Association Honor Fiction Awardee, and Fifth Born II: The Hundredth Turtle, 2011 Lambda Literary Award finalist. She is Director at Her Story Garden Studios: Inspiring Black Women to Self-Define, Heal and Liberate Through the Literary Arts, and Publisher at LaVenson Press: Publishing for Women & Girls of Color. Organizations across the US have recognized Dr. Lockhart’s talent as an inspiring teacher, facilitator and public speaker.

*Announcement location is subject to change based on federal and state COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Press Contact: Melanie Moore Richeson| North Carolina Humanities Council 
(704) 687-1520 | mmoore@nchumanities.org

About North Carolina Humanities Council:

The North Carolina Humanities Council is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Through grant-making and public humanities programs, the Council serves as an advocate for lifelong learning and thoughtful dialogue about our shared human experience. The Council operates the North Carolina Center for the Book, an affiliate program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. To learn more visit www.nchumanities.org