Council Awards 2012 Linda Flowers Literary Award and Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities

Larry Earley and Karen Willis Amspacher

Angela Kelly of Spartanburg, SC, has been awarded the 2012 Linda Flowers Literary Award for her collection of poems "Semper Fi Appalachia." Also, the Council awarded the Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities to the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center for public programs Workboats of Core Sound and Raising the Story of Menhaden Fishing. Both awards were presented at the 2012 Caldwell Award ceremony in Wilson on October 5.

Kelly is the author of four poetry chapbooks, most recently Post Script from the House of Dreams. She will be releasing a full length poetry collection, Voodoo for the Other Woman, in March 2013. She has had invididual poems published in numerous journals including North American Review, The Bloomsbury Review, Nimrod, Kalliope, Rhino, Yemassee, Inkwell, Rosebud, The Ledge and Rattle. She was the  2011 winner of the Carrie McCray Nickens Fellowship presented by the South Carolina Academy of Authors and the 2012 winner of the 2012 William Mathews Poetry Award from the Asheville Poetry Review.

The North Carolina Humanities Council staff and trustees presented the 2012 Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities to the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center for Workboats of Core Sound (2007) and Raising the Story of Menhaden Fishing (2009). Each project was supported by grants from the Humanities Council and reached far beyond the original plan and vision. The museum’s executive director, Karen Willis Amspacher stated, “For a community of workers accustomed to having their livelihoods viewed through the lens of fisheries biology, fisheries management, and fisheries politics… the council recognizes the importance of culture, relationships, community, and expression….an empowering experience for those who may otherwise feel overwhelmed by encroaching development, an unfriendly political environment, and the loss of a way of life.”

Both projects provided the foundations for a unique Humanities Council’s Teachers Institute Summer Seminar in 2011. Core Sound: A People and a Place of Change and Courage offered educators a learning laboratory as they met in the museum, studied the community’s collected histories, and talked with boat builders and fishermen. 

Check out the video below honoring the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center: