Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Larry Neal Writers Competition Awards Ceremony - this Friday!


Friday, May 8 at 6 PM, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities presents its Larry Neal Writers Awards from its annual writers competition named for the poet, journalist, playwright, essayist and former DCCAH executive director. The annual competition is open to emerging and professional writers of all ages residing in the District of Columbia.

This year, the Commission is awarding a Big Read-D.C. Special Recognition Award for Creative Expression as part of DC’s 2009 Big Read celebration of author Carson McCuller’s The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. This special prize will be given in each age group to writers who composed an essay on the theme of courage. The 2009 Big Read – D.C. honorary chair George Pelecanos will present the awards.

The awards ceremony will take place in Theater J at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th Street, NW at Q – 16th Street Entrance. [Note: the venue is changed from the earlier versions of the Big Read – D.C. schedule.]

The ceremony is presented in partnership with the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP – Email RSVP to artsawards@dc.gov, or call (202) 724-5613, TDD (202) 724-4493.

To learn more about Larry Neal and his influence on the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s, visit the dcarts.dc.gov website or our competition blog post on the Big Read – D.C. blog .

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