Congratulations to two Northeast Ohio women who won Lantern Awards.
- Thrity Umrigar, former Akron Beacon Journal reporter, won for her memoir, First Darling of the Morning. She is an associate professor of English at Case Western Reserve University.
- Joanna Connors, Plain Dealer reporter, won in the journalism category for her brave and thorough account, “Beyond Rape,” which appeared in the PD on May 4, 2008. The 16-page section told the story of Connors’ 1984 rape and its after effects. The Lantern was not the first award for Connor. She won the Distinguished Writing Award for Nondeadline Writing from the American Society of Newspaper Editors last year.
The Lantern Awards will be given every two years. They cover poetry, fiction, memoir, nonfiction, journalism, performance and blog. Nominating work for each finalist covered May 2008 to May 31, 2010.