Betty Gabehart Prize

Lisa Pullen Kent is honored to receive the 2020 Betty Gabehart Prize for Nonfiction, awarded annually by the Kentucky Women Writers Conference, for her essay “Death, Rock Me Asleep,” excerpted from her memoir of the same name currently in progress.

“Each year three emerging writer awards are presented by Kentucky Women Writers. The Betty Gabehart Prizes in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry recognize and support writers of exceptional talent who show potential for excellence in their literary endeavors.” From the Kentucky Women Writers Conference website

Read what the judges had to say.

The prose was at times stunning. The author does a great job of drawing you into the scenes.

Reads so beautifully, and also honors honest lived experience of a family system amidst a loved one’s final hours, how every person is having a very different experience with different feelings, wishes, memories in the same room or house. 

Would make for a creative piece of curriculum for my graduate and post graduate interns and residents who daily provide acute end of life care.

The Kentucky Women Writers Conference has been moved online this year and will be held virtually on September 10–13, 2020. Lisa is honored to be paired with featured presenter, Bridgett M. Davis, author of The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers to read on Saturday, September 12, 2020, 5:15 PM CST.​​​​ ​​

Virtual access to the readings can be obtained one of two ways:

$175: general admission, one workshop (admission to all craft talks, panels, and readings)

$25: general admission, no workshop (admission to all craft talks, panels, and readings)

For more information, click here.