Writers’ Colony Awards Scholarship to Shonna Enzio

Shonnaenzio receives Dairy Hollow residency

The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow (WCDH) is proud to introduce scholarship recipient Shonna Enzio. Enzio is a creative writing major at NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) and a first-generation college student. A mother and up-and-coming author, who was widowed five days before the global COVID-19 pandemic, Enzio crafts the lessons she is learning about survival, grief, and finding hope into essays meant to inspire readers struggling through their own loss. She is a staff reporter for the NWACC Eagle View Newspaper and the assistant poetry editor for Hive Avenue Literary Journal.

Michelle Hannon, WCDH Executive Director, said, “Shonna honored the audience of the WCDH virtual Poetluck on May 21st by sharing a powerful lyrical non-fiction essay which blended poetry and prose to address grief. It was clear that she had talent. Helping emerging writers like Shonna is the reason WCDH established our scholarship fund. We were thrilled to be able to offer her a residency.”

To read more of Enzio’s writing, visit her author’s page, “Uniquely Shonna,” on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/Uniquely-Shonna-119568356101425/.

The WCDH scholarship fund was developed in November 2019 to assist emerging writers who require financial support to benefit from a writing residency at the Colony. Scholarships are awarded on an as-needed basis based on availability. Equity Bank generously provided the initial Scholarship Fund donation. Contributions made to the WCDH 2019 Giving Tuesday drive continued to grow the fund, and today writers-in-residence contribute so that other writers can experience the gift of uninterrupted residency time at The Writers’ Colony. For information on how you can contribute to the WCDH scholarship fund, please visit https://www.writerscolony.org/give-to-wcdh-scholarship-fund.

Since opening its doors to writers in 2000, The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow has made a lasting impact on the arts and literary communities by providing uninterrupted residency time for writers of all genres, including culinary, composers, and artists, without discrimination. The WCDH has hosted over 1,500 writers from 48 states and 13 countries. For more information, please visit writerscolony.org or call Michelle Hannon or Chad Gurley at (479)253-7444.




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