Midcoast writer wins fiction award

Oct 30, 2017
Laura Lee Perkins

Stockton Springs — Since retiring from teaching, Laura Lee Perkins has been writing, publishing essays and books about spirituality and Native American flute. She has received 13 grants and was awarded five Artist-in-Residencies in U.S. National Parks and on Martha's Vineyard during the past 10 years.

The last week of October, Perkins was notified she has been chosen to receive a bronze medal for winning third place in the International Creative Writers Institute Contest for short stories. Her entry, “The Small Red Dot,” will be published next spring.

Perkins said her inspiration comes mostly from being out in nature; teaching in a variety of places each year; and worldwide travel. In her career as a music teacher and professional flutist, she took annual trips with her to Switzerland, Montreal, Canada, France, England, Italy and many other countries. She recently returned from a 15-day United Kingdom and Ireland excursion. Last summer, Perkins spent 17 days in Alaska; and she will travel to the Southwest to teach 42 classes this winter.

Perkins writes about the sense of place, combined with detailed descriptions of beauty and feelings. While most of her books, essays and poems are nonfiction, this recent award was for a fiction story, opening new possibilities for the local writer.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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