KSDS @ Whistler2Kate Satz brings it home in a local, high profile literary contest!  She is one of two runners-up in the second annual Nashville Reads Essay Contest, and she and the other winners will be reading from their essays this Sunday, April 19, at 2 pm at Parnassus.  I hope you’ll join us!

The Porch Writers’ Collective sponsored the contest in collaboration with the Nashville Public Library, The Library Foundation, The Office of Mayor Karl Dean, Humanities Tennessee, and Parnassus books.

The prompt for the contest was this: “There is not one history, but many.  Ruta Sepetys’ Between Shades of Gray (Nashville’s All-City Read for 2015) addresses a little-known chapter in history; through Lina’s eyes, readers experience its horror and its lessons.  In a first person narrative of 750 words or less, describe a history that is significant to you, whether it be a personal history, a history of family or heritage, or a social or cultural history.  What were its lessons?  Include a photo that is representative of the experience to complement the narrative.  Entries will be judged on the combined impact of the essay and the photo.”

The winners of this year’s contest are:

Adult Category Winner:
“Growing Home,” by Jen Wallwork Dominguez

Adult Category Runners-up:
“Family Dragon,” by Kate Satz
“The Kite,” by Pete Kopcsak

Teen Category Winner:
“An Insignificant Balcony,” by Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay

Teen Runner-up:
“The First of August in Switzerland,” by Seraina Simonett

static1.squarespaceCongratulations to all of the winners, and we’ll see you Sunday!

Many thanks to The Porch Writers’ Collective for the heat, light, sizzle, and sparkle you are bringing to the literary scene in Nashville.

Report from Nashville’s Literary Death Match coming tomorrow!

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