Council Awards 2013 Linda Flowers Literary Award and Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities

Road Scholar Kevin Duffus is presented with the 2013 Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities

Steve Lautermilch of Kill Devil Hills, NC has been awarded the 2013 Linda Flowers Literary Award for his collection of poems "Where Waters Meet." Also, the Council awarded the Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities to Road Scholar Kevin Duffus for his extensive work exploring NC's maritime history. Both awards were presented at the 2013 Caldwell Award ceremony in Charlotte on October 10.

Lautermilch's chapbooks have received an Honorable Mention for the North Carolina Poetry Society’s Brockman-Campbell Award and twice won the Jean Pedrick Award from the New England Poetry Club. New short fiction is appearing in Chautauqua and The Antigonish Review. His essays on and translations from the German of Rainer Maria Rilke have appeared in Arion,Dimension, The Literary Review, Nimrod International JournalPrairie Schooner, and The Southern Review. A recipient of an Artist’s Fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council, Steve taught at UNC-Greensboro in the English Department and now lives on the Outer Banks where he writes and makes photographs.

NC Poet Laureate, Joseph Bathanti, presents the 2013 Linda Flowers Literary Award.

The North Carolina Humanities Council staff and trustees presented the 2013 Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities to Road Scholar Kevin Duffus. Duffus has published films with companion books on the varied maritime history of North Carolina, including:

  • War Zone—WWII Off North Carolina's Outer Banks
  • The Graveyard of the Atlantic—400 Years of Shipwrecks, Mysteries and Heroic Rescues
  • Move of the Century—Cape Hatteras Light
  • The Cape Hatteras Light—A Narrative of the 200 Year History of America's Greatest Sentinel
  • The Last Days of Black Beard the Pirate

Duffus has presented these findings to more than 5,000 people across North Carolina via over 90 Road Scholar presentations sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council.