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Poet and professor Sandy Longhorn joins the ranks of 30 writers—including Donald Harington, Werner Trieschmann and Morris Arnold—to be awarded the prestigious Porter Fund Literary Prize. Eligibility requires an Arkansas connection and "a substantial and impressive body of work that merits enhanced recognition," according to Trieschmann.Longhorn, professor of creative writing at University of Central Arkansas and author of "the Alchemy of My Mortal Form," "The Girlhood Book of Prairie Myths" and "Blood Almanac," says of the announcement:
"Having lived in Arkansas since 1999, I have studied with, read, and admired previous Porter Prize winners. I have sat in awe of the worlds they created, been transported by their gifts of storytelling, and I’ve had my heart cracked wide open by their words. Knowing these writers and their works, I am proud to be named among them.”Longhorn also heads up the C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference in November 2017, its inaugural year. She'll be bestowed with the Porter prize in a ceremony at CALS' Main Library Darragh Center the evening of October 27, when the Booker Worthen Literary Prize will also be awarded. The ceremony is free and open to the public.