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Dawn Wilson

About Dawn

Dawn hated sixth grade math, so she wrote stories during class and passed them around the room to her classmates. This is probably why she still can't balance a checkbook or figure a tip.

Originally from Weaverville, a small town near Asheville, NC, Dawn wrote her first story when she was five and her first poem was published when she was in 8th grade. In 1986, the publication of her short story in Prism, a magazine for young authors, led to an appearance on "CBS Morning News."

Wilson earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied creative writing under authors Doris Betts and Bland Simpson. After working for newspapers throughout the state for seven years, she returned to school to earn her master's degree in creative writing from East Carolina University.

She has received numerous awards for her writing from the Carolinas Health Care PR Society and the NC Poetry Society. She was a semi-finalist for the Doris Betts Fiction Competition, and her work has appeared in such publications as Byline, Writer's Digest, Evangel, and The Lutheran Journal. She won second-place in the N.C. Poetry Society's annual contest for her love poem, "Learning English in Four-Letter Words." Her play, "Jesu of Fondue," has been produced by the Nash County Arts Council and presented as a staged reading at the Storefront Theatre in Waxhaw, NC.

She is the author of three novels: Saint Jude (Tudor Publishers, 2000), Leaving the Comfort Café (The Wild Rose Press, 2007) and Ten Thousand New Year's Eves (Carraway Bay Press, 2011). She has also compiled a short story collection, Welcome to Shangri-La, North Carolina (Carraway Bay Press, 2011). She has a small art studio, "The Artsy Episcopalian," at the Bel Air Artisan's Center in Rocky Mount, NC.

She enjoys kayaking, coffee, sad Irish songs, really bad Will Ferrell movies, coffee, painting, and did we mention coffee? She resides in Eastern North Carolina.