UNC Asheville Announces First Ramsey Library Community Author Award Recipient: Kim Winter Mako

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Local writer Kim Winter Mako has been named the first UNC Asheville Ramsey Library Community Author Award (RCLAA) for a prose writer in Western North Carolina. The award provides a yearlong residency in UNC Asheville’s Ramsey Library, with a courtesy faculty appointment that provides a library study carrel and other campus resources. The residency will run through December 2017, and will culminate in an opportunity for Mako to showcase her work at a campus reading.

Mako’s fiction, poetry and essays have been published in The Citron Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, The Great Smokies Review and elsewhere. She was a Pushcart Prize nominee for fiction in 2012, and a finalist for the Spirit of Sandburg Poetry Contest in The Citron Review in 2015. Mako is currently working on finishing If There is Anything Else You Can Do, her collection of 12 thematically linked short stories that deal with characters on the edge of economic stability and the mirage of the American dream.

"The Ramsey Library Community Author Award was designed for someone exactly like Kim Mako: an incredibly talented writer whose voice and style are strong and clear,” said UNC Asheville Writer-In-Residence and bestselling author Wiley Cash. “Writers like Ms. Mako don't need to develop their work; what they need is the time and space to hone their craft and focus their creativity. Time and space are exactly what Ms. Mako is going to have as the winner of this award, and I have no doubt that we at UNC Asheville will one day be bragging that she was our inaugural recipient."

Submissions were judged by a committee, including Cash. Heather Newton, author of the award-winning novel Under the Mercy Trees, served as the final judge for the award.

“When I first heard about the award I knew I wanted to apply right away,” Mako said. “To connect with the UNCA campus and have my own working space at Ramsey Library is an incredible opportunity. I look forward to using these resources to complete my book and I'm so grateful for this wonderful gift of space and time. Thank you to the RLCAA Committee, Wiley Cash, and final judge, Heather Newton, for honoring me with this special award.”

For more information about the Ramsey Library Community Author Award, visit library.unca.edu/RLCAA.