Two St. Andrews grads recently published
St. Andrews Presbyterian College alumni Jack N. Lawson and Nancy A. Henry have recently published books to add to their résumés.
Lawson, a member of the class of 1974, has published his first novel, Doing Time. Henry adds to her published poetry with a collection under the title SARX.
Doing Time is set in Appalachia from the late 1950’s to mid 1970’s and follows the life of an unlucky young woman who has landed herself in prison. Doing time is filled with a taste of rural life and is a poignant story of the human’s spirits ability to overcome.
Lawson won the St. Andrews Presbyterian College Distinguished Alumni Award in 1995. His previous publications have focused on his specialty of the Hebrew Bible and the ancient Near East. He was worked as a minister, prison chaplain, Hebrew Bible lecturer, community development worker and training officer. The Winston-Salem native currently resides in England.
“I have just finished reading this novel and I have the highest praise for it,” said Duke’s retired Professor of Religious Studies Orval Wintermute. “If I had to describe it in one word, I would say ‘gripping.’ Lawson captures the rough-hewn mountain fold of North Carolina and introduces us to the culture of a women’s prison. It has serious things to say about the fate of abused women.”
Henry, who graduated in 1982, received the 2009 Ethel N. Fortner Writer and Community Award from St. Andrews. She is a child advocacy attorney and college professor living in Westbrook, Maine. She has also served as the Assistant Attorney General of Maine. Five times nominated for the Pushcart Prize, her poems have been featured on The Writer’s Almanac by Garrison Keillor and have appeared in many small press publications worldwide. She has four previously published chapbooks.
This new publication will be made available soon through the Moon Pie Press website (www.moonpiepress.com)
“Once again, Nancy Henry gives voice to a heart that swallows things whole,” writes George Wallace. “These are poems to cherish, as one might an ‘ironic secret… this tenderness, nearly unbearable.”
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