The Constance H. Carlson Public Humanities Prize by Maine Humanities Councils honors an individual, institution, or group in recognition of exemplary contributions to public humanities in Maine.
In 2017, Maine poet Gary Lawless will receive the 2017 Constance H. Carlson Public Humanities Prize. As a resident of Nobleboro, Lawless owns and operates Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick with his wife. He is the editor and publisher of Blackberry Books and has had sixteen collections of his poetry published in the U.S. In addition to his own writing, Lawless has long encouraged others to find their voice with poetry, working with veteran groups, immigrant communities, and more. He also works with Spindleworks, a nonprofit arts center in Brunswick whose mission is to help children and adults with disabilities achieve full and inclusive lives in their chosen communities. (pulled from the Maine Humanities Council’s website)
Lawless’ contributions will be honored during a luncheon on March 24, 2017 at Daggett Lounge in Bowdoin College’s Thorne Hall.