Archive | February, 2012

National award-winner and teacher to read at City Lights

23 Feb

Dawn Gilchrist-Young, a Jackson County resident and teacher at Swain County High School for the past 14 years, will discuss her short story “The Tender Branch” at 7 p.m., Feb. 27, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

The reading and accompanying reception are open to the public.

Gilchrist-Young received the Norman Mailer Writing Award for High School Teachers for “The Tender Branch” in 2011.

Beginning in 2011, the Mailer Center partnered with the National Council of Teachers of English to recognize annually the writing of one full or part-time high school teacher of any subject. The winner receives a $10,000 cash prize and a month’s residency at the Norman Mailer Writers’ Colony in Provincetown, Mass.

Gilchrist-Young grew up in Swain County and the story is set in Western North Carolina.

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