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Truman Capote Scholarship in Creative Writing awarded to Adam Warren

BOONE—Adam Warren of Mebane has received a $500 Truman Capote Scholarship in Creative Writing for his story “A Pattern of Recognition.” Warren is a junior English major at Appalachian State University.

The scholarship was established in 1995 with a gift from the Truman Capote Literary Trust to create an endowed fund to support the creative writing program at Appalachian. Gifts from the Trust have totaled $75,000 since the scholarship’s creation.

The competition was judged by Matthew Vollmer, who teaches fiction writing at Virginia Tech.

Vollmer wrote, “The plot of the story… is so compelling (and ultimately convincing) that I was not only engrossed, but invested—and, in the end, heartbroken. I stayed up way past my bedtime to read this, and when I was done, I was happy, not only to have read something good, but to know that there are young writers from my home state churning out stuff this great.”

Warren’s story is about a dramatic chain of events that occur after a young couple have a child and the mother ends up with postpartum depression.

“The fact that Adam not only kept me reading but also that he made me really feel something is a testament to his success. I have every reason to believe I’ll see his name in print someday, and I look forward to it,” Vollmer wrote.

Katherine (Kat) Gardzalla was runner-up in the competition for her short story “Voice.” Gardzalla is junior English major.

“The story’s voice was the thing that drew me in and kept me reading,” Vollmer wrote.
“Kat really captures the character of a young half-Japanese girl who’s trying to make sense of her life…Funny, charming, and full of surprising detail, the story succeeds in making Evie, the narrator, a truly memorable character. Wonderful characterization all the way through; definitely a satisfying read.”

The Truman Capote Literary Trust Scholarship in Creative Writing competition is open to rising or continuing juniors and seniors planning to major in English with a concentration in creative writing, or who are pursuing a B.S. degree in teaching secondary English and have taken or are taking creative writing courses.

The competition alternates between poetry and prose.