Kim Winter Mako, Inaugural UNC Asheville Ramsey Library Community Author Award Winner, to Present Reading on Dec. 12; Applications for 2018 Award Accepted Through Dec. 8

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Kim Winter Mako, the recipient of UNC Asheville's first Ramsey Library Community Author Award, will present a reading of her recent works at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12 in UNC Asheville's Ramsey Library, Whitman Room. The reading is free and open to everyone, and will include a reception with the author.

Mako's reading is the culmination of her yearlong residency as the Ramsey Library Community Author. She received the award in January 2017, which also includes a courtesy faculty appointment that provides a library study carrel and other campus resources.

Mako has used her residency to complete a collection of short stories, If There is Anything Else You Can Do, which examines "the mirage of the American dream," Mako said.

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The stories were partly drawn from Mako's own experiences living in New York City as an actor and working as a caterer at high-end parties and events to make ends meet. "I got to be immersed in worlds that I never would have been in contact with otherwise," she said. "I found it shocking, the space between A and Z, in terms of what people have and what people don't have in our society."

Applications for the 2018 Ramsey Library Community Author Award are being accepted through Dec. 8, 2017. Poets, playwrights, graphic novelists and prose writers in Western North Carolina are invited to apply. Entries will be judged by a committee, including best-selling author and UNC Asheville Writer-in-Residence Wiley Cash. Award-winning North Carolina poet Jaki Shelton Green will serve as the final judge for the award.

"It's been an incredible resource for me to be able to come here," Mako said. "I really have taken advantage of this little quiet, weird triangular room. I really enjoy just walking on campus, the whole energy here has been really great for me. The fact that the library has such a wide range of hours has been so beneficial to someone like me with a crazy work life."

The Ramsey Library Community Author Award is open to writers residing in Western North Carolina, and requires a writing sample, a CV or resume, and two references. Applications are available online at