Saturday, December 13, 2008

In Which I Presented the PEN Phyllis Naylor Award

I was so nervous presenting the PEN Phyllis Naylor Working Writer's Fellowship last May at the Walter Reade Theater in New York City, I had no idea what I said when I stepped away from the microphone. Did I babble? Make huge grammatical errors? Go on and on?

The night wasn't about me, thankfully, as evidenced by this photo of Theresa Nelson receiving the award for her captivating work-in-progress, Julia Delaney: The American Version. (Yes, that's me in the background.) PEN put the brief speech on-line recently, and I was relieved to discover that I'd been coherent.

The deadline for letters of nomination for the fellowship is January 16, 2009, so if you know an author who meets the criteria, send it in.

3 comments:

The Book Chook said...

What a relief to read the speech. It's like one of those nightmares when you meet the President in your pjs!

Congratulations for this - it sounds like such an honour.

Little Willow said...

Kudos! I'm sure you did a great job. :)

Vivian said...

You sound great! What an honor to be a judge and present the fellowship.