Mason Faculty Nominated for Literary Awards

Posted: July 12, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Colleen Kearney Rich

The Library of Virginia annually recognizes outstanding Virginia writers in the areas of fiction, nonfiction and poetry with its literary awards. This year, three Mason faculty members are nominated for books written in 2005.

New Century College assistant professor Andrew Wingfield is nominated in the fiction category for his first novel, “Hear Him Roar: A Novel,” which was published by Utah State University Press.

Professor Emerita of History Josephine F. Pacheco is nominated in the nonfiction category. Her latest book, “The Pearl: A Failed Slave Escape on the Potomac,” was published by University of North Carolina Press. While at Mason, Pacheco was director of the Center for the Study of Constitutional Rights. She has written or edited six previous books, including “Three Who Dared: Prudence Crandall, Margaret Douglass, Myrtilla Miner: Champions of Antebellum Black Education,” and several books on statesman George Mason.

Nominated in the poetry category is English professor Eric Pankey. His latest volume of poetry, “Reliquaries,” was published by Ausable Press. The author of seven books of poetry, Pankey previously won the Library of Virginia Poetry Award for his book “Cenotaph.”

An independent panel of judges is convening this summer to decide the finalists in each category. The awards will be given at the Ninth Annual Library of Virginia Awards Celebration Honoring Virginia Authors and Friends on Saturday, Oct. 21. The library is currently accepting nominations for books published in 2006.

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