2019 Linda Flowers Literary Award Recipient Announced

2019 Linda Flowers Literary Award Recipient Announced

CHARLOTTE, NC (December 16, 2019) –On November 9, the North Carolina Humanities Council announced Shirlette Ammons as the recipient of its 2019 Linda Flowers Literary Award for her expert entry from “Labor of Love: A Personal Travelogue of Black Labor.”

This year’s judges, Michelle T. Berger, Luke Hankins, and Terry L. Kennedy selected Ammons’ work based on its literary merit and its ability to provide inspiring portraiture of North Carolina. As the award recipient, Ammons 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 2020. The award was announced by North Carolina Humanities Council Board Trustee and Chair Elect, Edward J Sheary, during the North Carolina Writers’ Network Fall Conference in Asheville, NC.  

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 for consideration. The contest will begin accepting submission of fiction, nonfiction and poetry for the 2020 Linda Flowers Literary Award in April 2020. Submission details will be released in 2020.  

About Ammons: Shirlette Ammons is an award-winning poet and musician whose body of work includes two collections of poetry, three studio albums, numerous collaborations, and international tours throughout Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Shirlette’s 2016 album Language Barrier , features guest appearances by Meshell Ndegeocello, The Indigo Girls, Amelia Meath and others. Her music has recently been featured in Vans Shoes’ “Truth X Vans” digital campaign. In 2016, she co-founded SugarQube Records with her twin sister, Shorlette. Shirlette is currently working on her fourth studio album.

Shirlette is also a producer for Markay Media, the production team behind Emmy and Peabody Award-winning docuseries A CHEF’S LIFE and the forthcoming SOMEWHERE SOUTH. She is also co-director of THE HOOK, a half-hour television special that aired on UNC-TV in October 2019. Shirlette is a Cave Canem Fellow and an alum of the Next Level Program an international hip hop diplomacy program of the U.S. Embassy and UNC Music Department where she taught hip hop lyricism in Belgrade and Novi Sad, Serbia as well as a recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award, amongst other honors.

Shirlette resides in Durham, North Carolina with her partner Laura and their cat, Fiddle.