2024 Langston Hughes Creative Writing Awards Ceremony

Langston Hughes Creative Writing Awards

Since 1997, the Langston Hughes Award has sought to encourage and support poets and writers who, today, are continuing to present their life experiences creatively through poetry, stories, and non-fiction prose. Each year, two authors are awarded, one in fiction and one in poetry.

Join us to celebrate our 2024 winners at 7 p.m. on February 1, 2024, the anniversary of Hughes's birthday! This event, which will take place at the Lawrence Arts Center, includes the awards ceremony and features a reading from each winning author, followed by a reception with cake and wine.

The creative writing award program is a partnership between the Raven Book Store and the Lawrence Arts Center.

About 2024's Winners

2024 Poetry Winner Darwin Michener-Rutledge is a poet and translator from Baldwin City, Kansas. She is a life-long poet, drawn by the capacity of poetry to generate new meaning through ambiguity. Her writing explores politics, identity, and landscape, inspired by her childhood growing up in the country and her work in art museums and social advocacy. Her writing has appeared in Poetry Quarterly, Sheepshead Review, and Beloved: A ButchFemme Zine, among others. In May, she will graduate from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in Art History and English. She currently works at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum in the Education department and serves as Poetry Editor for The Mount Holyoke Review.

2024 Fiction Winner Kimberlee Bethany Bonura earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Florida State University. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from UT – El Paso. She has served on the faculties of Florida Southern College, the US Military Academy – West Point, The State University of New York – New Paltz, and Walden University, and as a continuing education instructor for the University of Denver. She has been a yoga instructor and yoga therapist since 1996, with a focus on adapted and chair-based yoga. She is interested in the intersection of creativity and mindfulness, and the use of creative writing as self-care and stress management. She has lived in Lawrence, Kansas since September of 2022.


Event date: 
Thursday, February 1, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Lawrence Arts Center Gallery
940 New Hampshire St
Lawrence, KS 66044
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