San Gabriel Valley Author Receives Two Awards From Military Writers Society of America
Glendale, CA, August, 2010—Carolyn Howard-Johnsonreceived the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) two awards for her books, one the gold medal for her marketing book A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotion and honorable mention for her chapbook of poetry celebrating mothers She Wore Emerald Then. It is a cooperative effortwith Aussie poet Magdalena Ball.
MWSA President Joyce Faulkner, said, “Among the benefits for (Author) and other award nominees will be appearances on various Internet blogs and radio talk shows, features on MWSA’s website and in our monthly Dispatches magazine, and interviews on radio and public-access TV during our annual conference in Pittsburgh.”
Although these two winning books have nothing to do with the military (all writers are welcome to become MWSA members), Carolyn Howard-Johnson often writes to increase awareness for the plight of our troops. She wrote the foreword for Support Our Troops published by Andrews McMeel, blogs resources for our soldiers and their families at www.warpeacetolerance.blogspot.comand has included military themes in many of her poems. She is the author of several chapbooks of poetry and has been published in many print and online journals.
All awards recipients will be honored at the MWSA’s conference, Thursday, Sept. 30 – Sunday, Oct. 3, at Pittsburgh’s Wyndham University Plaza. The Conference will include a special ceremony at the Dawn’s Early Light Flag Retirement Plaza in Pittsburgh’s South Park, special interest luncheons around the city, a play featuring the works of MWSA authors at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, Oral History Day, workshops, book signings, and the awards banquet. Many of the events are open to the public. Joseph Beth’s Book seller is the official MWSA Pittsburgh Conference bookstore.
Howard-Johnson is among more than 900 authors, poets and artists who comprise Military Writers Society of America. Most MWSA members are active duty military, retirees, or military veterans. Others are life-long civilians who’ve chosen to focus on military and/or historical themes with their writing or art.