Oct 1, 2010

Thank you.



Today @agnieszkasshoes of Eight Cuts announced:

For my work creating and building the #amwriting community, I've been awarded The Christopher Al-Aswad Prize.

The prize is "for outstanding contribution to breaking down barriers in literature and between literature and other arts."

Chris Al-Aswad created Escape into Life.  If you're not familiar with Chris, stop here and take a second to go to this tribute page and read his poem, "The Pleasures Are Fleeting."

Beautiful, yeah?  I know.

So I'm a little intimidated to be given a prize that honors the memory of someone so beloved and talented.  There's really no way to do this justice.

So I just say thank you.

Because nothing else feels significant.

Thank you, Chris Al-Aswad. Your passion lives on in those who remember you. Because of you, amazing people are showering the #amwriting community with their creative talent and generosity.  Having never met or talked with you, I know you are the reason.  Thank you.

8 comments:

  1. Rarely has there been a more richly deserved award. It's been a pleasure working on this prize, and seeing so many people come forward to offer contributions towards it
    http://eightcuts.wordpress.com/eight-cuts-prize/chris-al-aswad-prize-contributors/
    and hearing so many testimonies about Johanna and her work.

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  3. Congratulations! That is an honor, especially with Chris' name on it.

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  4. Congrats!!!! You so deserve this award. Writing is such a solitary occupation. #Amwriting has brought so many of us together. Thank you so much for all of your work.

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  5. Congratulations! I'm so excited for you!

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  6. That's wonderful Johanna, congrats.

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  7. Thanks so much for all the congrats, both here and on twitter. You are all so amazing.

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