The N.C. Arts Council awards the $10,000 fellowships to writers every other year to support new works by and creative development of N.C. artists.
Parkison, a UNC Charlotte English professor, is the author of two short story collections, "Woman with Dark Horses" and "The Innocent Party." She has won several writing prizes, including the 2004 Kurt Vonnegut Fiction Prize from North American Review. Read one of her stories: "Lessons from a Sinoloan Beauty Queen."
Other fellowship winners and their art forms are:
- Keith Flynn, poetry, Asheville.
- Shirlette Ammons, poetry, Durham.
- Valerie Nieman, poetry, Greensboro.
- Catherine Reid, creative nonfiction, Asheville.
- Leigh Ann Henion, creative nonfiction, Boone.
- Liza Wieland, nonfiction, Arapahoe.
- Monica Byrne, playwriting, Durham.
- Janet Allard, playwriting, Greensboro.
- Preston Lane, playwriting, Greensboro.