Last October, Whitingham resident Kirsten Bakis got the sort of phone call most writers dream of. A representative of the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation informed her that she had been selected to receive the Whiting Writers' Award, a $35,000 grant awarded yearly to 10 "marvelously gifted writers in early career," in the words of Program Director Barbara Bristol.
"I was completely shocked," says Bakis, "because you don't know that you're being nominated. It's all very secret. It was really exciting."... Read more