Finally found a quite moment to read your ‘Apron’ and “Valentimes” memories.. Needless to say I’ve been searching back through my memory bank for everyone in our class that might have lived in a large house with white columns.. Thinking back to those early days, we were all gathered up, most of us bussed on those big yellow school buses like little captive fragile butterflies.. But for the most part, still in our own little cocoons pretty much unaware what our friends and class-mate might be experiencing at home or in school..
Since those early days in Webster Parish School days and through our your life, you’ve certainly spread your wings and accomplished MUCH ! I consider it a privilege to call you my class-mate and friend.. LeVerne
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River Valley Writer Awarded 2014 Arkansas Arts Council Artist Fellowship
Marla Cantrell Wins Prestigious Award Writing About Arkansas
ALMA, Ark. —The Arkansas Arts Council named Alma resident and Do South Magazine Managing Editor, Marla Cantrell, a 2014 Individual Artist Fellow for her work in short fiction. Marla grew up in the River Valley and writes about Arkansas’ people, heritage and culture. Cantrell is the only writer from the River Valley to be selected this year for the prestigious award.
“I am so honored to receive this fellowship and to represent Arkansas and the River Valley in our state’s artist community,” said Cantrell. “Arkansas, with its beauty, culture and rich history, is the thread that runs through my fiction, and I’m so proud to be part of the art community of this great state.”
The Artist Fellowship is Cantrell’s second recognition of 2014.Earlier this year, Cantrell, a member of the Borderliners Writers’ Group in Fort Smith, won first place in the White County Writers Contest at the 2014 Arkansas Writers’ Conference.Aside from her publications in Do South Magazine, Cantrell has also been published in Show Off Anthology, Deep South Magazine, Long Story Short, Word Haus, and the Center for Writing Excellent, 3rd Annual Fiction Anthology.
The Arkansas Arts Council announced the 2014 Individual Artist Fellowships this week. Fellowships are awarded annually to artists in Arkansas in recognition of their individual artistic abilities. These fellowships enable artists to set aside time for creating their art and improving their skills. Three artistic disciplines are selected each year as categories for the awards. The three categories for this year are Literary Arts: Short Story Writing; Performing Arts: Directing of Theater Productions; and Visual Arts: Works on Paper.
Cantrell and the other fellows will be recognized at a reception, co-sponsored by Historic Arkansas Museum, on Friday, October 3, from 6-8 p.m. at the museum on 200 E. Third St. in Little Rock. The reception is free and open to the public. Seating is limited; reservations are required. For reservations, call (501) 324-9766.
Cantrell graduated from Alma High School, and spent more than a decade working in local television before launching her writing career.Her work can be read at http://www.dosouthmagazine.com and http://www.southernpencil.com.You can follow Cantrell on Twitter at @WritinginARK.
So glad I found you on the “Storied Women” MOOC. I have just begun writing again after a long hiatus. I am beginning to feel my feet beneath me. It is women like you who help me feel my feet beneath me. Thanks.
Wow! What a lovely thing to say. It’s women like you who make my journey worthwhile.
All the best.
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