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Truman Capote Scholarship Winner Announced

BOONE–Todd Atchison, a senior of Inman, S.C., has won the Truman Capote Literary Trust Scholarship in Creative Writing for 2000 at Appalachian State University for his poetry. The scholarship supplies a full year’s tuition.

Erica Franke, a senior of Roxboro, was chosen as runner-up for her fiction.

Applicants were judged solely on talent and potential shown in submitted manuscripts. Novelist John Holman, author of “Luminous Mysteries” and the short story collection “Squabble and Other Stories,” served as final judge. Holman was a part of Appalachian’s Visiting Writers Series last year.

“Atchison’s work is interesting and accessible,” Holman said. “His narrative poems use sharp, evocative images to express and evoke ambivalent emotions, and that makes for poems that offer both an experience with language and feeling.”

Named for the author of the novels “In Cold Blood” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” the scholarship was established by the Capote Trust to support the creative writing concentration within Appalachian’s Department of English.

In addition to offering a concentration in creative writing for English majors, the Creative Writing Program at Appalachian offers writing competitions for the Capote Scholarship, the Marian Coe Scholarship and the John Foster West Scholarship, and sponsors the Visiting Writers Series which brings novelists and poets to campus for readings.