Poet and Charlotte Observer writer Dannye Romine Powell has been honored with the 2012 Irene Blair Honeycutt Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Literary Arts by Central Piedmont Community College. Established in 2004, the award recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of literary arts, as well as community involvement in support of writers. Powell, whose poems have appeared in Paris Review and Prairie Schooner is a two-time recipient of the Brockman-Campbell Award for the best book of poetry by a North Carolinian and was the winner of the N.C. Writers Network’s 2011 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition.
Meanwhile, the 2012 Irene Blair Honecutt Legacy Award, honoring a community member who has contributed outstanding service in support of local and regional writers has been given to artist and poet Jonathan K. Rice, editor of Charlotte’s Iodine Poetry Journal. Rice hosts one of the longest-running poetry open mikes in Charlotte at Jackson’s Java. For more information about Irene Blair Honeycutt and the awards, visit http://sensoria.cpcc.edu/about.