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.


  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
    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.

  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.

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

  6. That's wonderful Johanna, congrats.

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


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