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Arbutus native graduates from Washington College with $64,000 Sophie Kerr prize for writing

The Baltimore Sun

May 20, 2019

 

An English major from Arbutus whose writing explores gender, trauma and the body is this year’s winner of the Sophie Kerr Prize, an award for promising writers graduating from Washington College in Chestertown.

Shannon Moran was awarded the prize, and nearly $64,000, for poetry and prose that examine family and romantic relationships, and also the lasting trauma of sexual assault, among its themes.

The honor is in its 52nd year, and officials say it is the highest-paying literary prize for undergraduates in the nation. It was established with an endowment from Kerr, a novelist and Eastern Shore native, left to the college in her will.

The funds also pay for scholarships, visiting writers and scholars and library books. College officials say it enables the school to bring in many students with creative potential in writing and literature.

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