Congratulations to Aimee Parkison, author of The Innocent Party (BOA, 2012), on receiving a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship Award for Literature. Parkison is among 15 from across the state to receive the 2013–2014 award in the categories of songwriting, composing and writing. "Joseph Dewey, in The Review of Contemporary Fiction (Fall 2012) wrote, 'Parkison is a storyteller, conjuring characters who harbor festering secrets, lurid urgencies, and violent compulsions. Like Joyce Carol Oates, Parkison deftly works the caricatures of Southern Gothicism into terrifying clarity.'" According to the North Carolina Arts Council, "artists receive a fellowship to support creative development and the creation of new work. Recipients were selected by panels of artists and art professionals with expertise in each discipline. The North Carolina Arts Council works to make North Carolina The Creative State where a robust arts industry produces a creative economy, vibrant communities, children prepared for the 21st century and lives filled with discovery and learning." The Innocent Party is available at the BOA Bookstore.
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