Guerrero-Murphy honored for her book,"Table Walking at Nighthawk"


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Adams State College Dr. Carol Guerrero-Murphy, chair of the English, Theatre, and Communications Department, recently received a WILLA Award for her book of poems, "Table Walking at Nighthawk."

According to the website Women Writing the West, the WILLA Literary Award is a nationally recognized award given to writers annually for books featuring stories about a woman/girl or women set in the American West. Women Writing the West, a non-profit association of writers and other professionals writing and promoting the Women's West, underwrites and presents the award. WILLA Literary Awards are chosen by a distinguished panel of twenty-one professional librarians.

Guerrero-Murphy received the award at the annual conference in San Antonio, all expenses paid. "I was especially pleased to learn that the awards are selected by librarians throughout the country who are given rubrics for evaluating the works and the nominated works," she said. "The award has gone to some really outstanding authors, so I'm humbled indeed--even by the name, the WILLA, which is named for Willa Cather."

According to Guerrero-Murphy"s publisher, "Table Walking at Nighthawk" calls on literature and memory to create an intricate and thoughtful collection that looks forward and back into an extraordinary mind. That Guerrero-Murphy is a close and fervent reader is evidenced by the poems themselves, conjured from the richest parts of experience and language to create distinctive pleasures upon the page.

Her book is available at The Narrow Gauge bookstore, located in Alamosa, Colo., and online at Table Walking at Nighthawk.

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By Linda Relyea