Good news, my article came in 2nd place in the “Art Feature” segment of the Los Angeles Press Club’s 14th Annual Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards Program. It was right behind a New York Times story!!! How cool is that? No such thing as a small victory! The Award Ceremony was held on 2/17/22! https://lapressclub.org/
My Alta magazine article, “Songs for the Dying,” is a story about the Threshold Choir, a network of acappella choirs whose mission is to bring comfort and peace to the dying through song. ‘We’re delighted to see your piece about The Threshold Choir receive this recognition,” wrote Blaise Zerega, editor of Alta Magazine. https://www.altaonline.com
Award Winners! Arts Feature – Under 1,000 Words Lisa Fung, The New York Times, “Elders and an Artist Bring a Social Sculpture to Life” https://nyti.ms/3nBte7w Judges’ comment: What a delightful and lovely and well-written story on the efforts of an artist to engage an audience in a living breathing piece of art, all during a pandemic! The writer aptly depicts the joy of both the creator and the participants. 2. Elaine Lee, Alta Journal, “Songs for the Dying” 3. Shana Nys Dambrot, LA Weekly, “Esther Pearl Watson Paints the Pandemic’s Daily Strangeness” https://lapressclub.org/…/2022/01/NAEJ-FINALISTS-2021.pdf
(my title for the article was ) Singing Each Other Home: The Threshold Choir’s Ministry for the Dying.