2018 Linda Flowers Literary Award Recipient Announced

CHARLOTTE, NC (November 14, 2018) – On November 3, 2018 the North Carolina Humanities Council announced Ms. Jennifer Brown as the recipient of its 2018 Linda Flowers Literary Award for her entry of “Landscape with Death and Birth.”

This year’s judges, Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams, Luke Hankins, and Alice Osborn, described Brown’s work as a “very well-written, thoughtful essay,” whose “narrative felt attentive and deliberate” and showed “maturity on the page.”

As the award recipient, Brown receives a $1,500 honorarium and a week-long residency at Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities in Southern Pines, which she will be taking in spring 2019.

The award was announced by North Carolina Humanities Council Trustee and former editor of the Charlotte Observer, Rick Thames, during the North Carolina Writers’ Network Fall Conference in Charlotte, NC.

Mr. Zachary Lunn receives Honorable Mention for his submission of “Jameson.” One judge recapped Lunn’s submission as having “powerful imagery and sharp dialogue.”

The Linda Flowers Literary Award is a statewide literary contest that honors the late Linda Flowers, who served as a North Carolina Humanities Council Trustee from 1992- 1998. The annual award recognizes humanities excellence and celebrates North Carolina experiences through writing.

The Council thanks all who submitted their entries of original, unpublished fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for consideration.


North Carolina Humanities Council Trustee, Rick Thames (left), presents the 2018 Linda Flowers Literary Award to Jennifer Brown (right). Photo Credit: Alice Osborn


About Jennifer Brown: Jennifer Brown is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina. Until recently, she taught English literature and writing and was a dorm-parent at a college-preparatory boarding school; before that, she taught literature and writing in various colleges and universities. She has studied and written poetry and non-fiction for many years; pieces of her writing have appeared in Southern Poetry Review, Ellipsis, Colorado Review and American Literary Review, among others. She also dabbles in fiction-writing, painting and drawing, piano-playing, knitting, and baking. At least once a year, she trains for and completes a half-marathon and enjoys traveling with her partner Bret and dog Rowlf.

About the North Carolina Humanities Council

The North Carolina Humanities Council is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Through its public humanities programs, partnerships, grants and awards, the Council facilitates the exploration and celebration of North Carolina’s many cultures and heritage. The North Carolina Humanities Council operates the NC Center for the Book; an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. To learn more visit www.nchumanities.org.