Chestertown, MD, April 23, 2002 — Stephanie Fowler, a 2001 alumna of Washington College and the recipient of last year's Sophie Kerr Prize, will read from her collection "Chesapeake Life" on Saturday, May 18 during Commencement/Reunion weekend at Washington College. The reading will be held in the O'Neill Literary House from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Fowler's winning submission for the 2001 Sophie Kerr Prize was a book of creative nonfiction entitled "Crossings: A Journey into God's Country," in which she addresses issues of conflict, struggle, and survival in her native Eastern Shore, Maryland, culture. "Chesapeake Life" represents a continuation of her works about the Eastern Shore region and its inhabitants.
The awarding of the Sophie Kerr Prize, given annually to the graduating senior who demonstrates the greatest "ability and promise for future fulfillment in the field of literary endeavor," has in recent decades been a highlight of the commencement ceremony at Washington College. The Prize, worth over $65,000 this year, is among the largest literary awards in the world. Washington College has awarded more than three-quarters of a million dollars in prize money since it was first given in 1968, most often to writers of poetry and fiction.