I was delighted to learn a few weeks ago that my essay, “A Man Down There,” has won the Dorothy Cappon Prize in Nonfiction from the journal New Letters. This piece is about my father, Narven, who killed a man in a hunting accident just before I was born. Not just any man: the founder of our town! I’d been trying for years to find a shape for Dad’s story and my discovery of it when I was a teenager. I’m really gratified, but as any writer will tell you, there were a lot of renditions and rejections along the way!
Here’s a link to the announcement.