Pearce wins 2014 Poetic-Lee poetry contest

May. 16, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

A UNC Greensboro student’s prose has earned him first prize in a local competition.

Sanford native James Pearce has won The Sanford Herald Award in the Lee County Arts Council’s 2014 Poetic-Lee Poetry Contest to recognize the creative writers of Lee County and celebrate National Poetry Month.

Pearce received a plaque and $100 for his achievement for his poem “In a Nightmare.” Pearce has been writing for several years, but this was his first-award winning creation.

Three-time North Carolina Poetry Society Poet Laureate Award winner David Treadway Manning served as the judge for the contest and said of Pearce’s winning submission, “The story is unusual, original and told in a language both fresh and often musical with avoidance of clichés. All in all, a display of significant poetic maturity.”

Carolyn Pleasants York, president of the North Carolina Poetry Society, served as the MC for the ceremony, which was held Wednesday at the Lee County Arts Council’s office.

Helen S. McDuffie was the winner of “The People’s Choice Award” for her poem “M’Lady’s Gloves,” also receiving a plaque and $50. McDuffie’s poem won top votes from county-wide community balloting.

Other local poets receiving recognition included: Gael B. Hogan with her poem “Nature’s Theater,” William K. Johnson with his poem “More Than Enough,” Stewart T. Monti Sr. with his poem “The Backside of an Envelope” and Wendy Bryant Motley with her poem “Tribute to a Butterfly.”