The Maine Humanities Council is thrilled to announce that Maine author Monica Wood is awarded our 2019 Constance H. Carlson Public Humanities Prize for her commitment to Maine communities, her support of Maine libraries, and all that she does to support and nourish the literary and cultural life of the State.
Monica Wood is a Maine novelist, memoirist, and playwright. Her books include The One-in-a-Million Boy, When We Were the Kennedys, and Any Bitter Thing. Her novel Ernie’s Ark, set in the fictional paper-mill town of Abbot Falls, has been selected by several Maine towns and cities as their “One Book, One Community” read. She adapted Ernie’s Ark into her first play, Papermaker, which enjoyed a bestselling run at Portland Stage. Her second play, The Half-Light, is currently showing at Portland Stage.
Monica’s contributions to the state of Maine will be honored during a prize luncheon on May 7, 2019. Further details and registration will be announced in April.
Named for the first-ever woman president of a University of Maine campus, the Constance H. Carlson Prize is the highest honor bestowed by the Maine Humanities Council and is awarded in recognition of exemplary contributions to the public humanities in Maine. Connie Carlson’s legacy continues as this prize carries her name and honors those who set the standard for leadership in the public humanities.