• Shawna was selected to receive a 2017 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award.

  • In 2016 her article, “How Evangelical Women Found a False Savior in Trump,” published by the Village Voice, made Entropy Magazine’s Best of Net List. 

  • Her poem, “Stray,” was nominated by Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel for a Pushcart Prize in 2016.

  • She was the 2016 recipient of the Jean Ritchie Fellowship, the largest monetary award given to an Appalachian writer, for both her memoir-in-progress and her poetry.

  • Her poetry manuscript, Black Magic Gun, was chosen as a finalist or semi-finalist in four national contests-- by Persea in 2015, and Saturnalia, Zone 3, and the Baltic Writing Residency in 2016.

  • An excerpt of her memoir-in-progress was chosen as a finalist by the Baltic Writing Residency in 2016. 

  • Her poem, “Little Debbie’s How-To,” was the recipient of the Kudzu Poetry Prize in 2016.

  • Her poem, “Don’t Ask Me to Sing,” was nominated by Structo Mag for a Pushcart Prize in 2014.

  • Her poem, “Maternal Lament,” was a finalist for both the Crab Creek Review’s annual poetry prize and for Fugue’s annual writing contest in 2014.

  • She received honorable for her poem, “WIC,” in New Millennium Writings Poetry Contest in 2013.

  • In March of 2012 she was invited to present her lecture on the history and efficacy of the use of Appalachian dialect in creative writing (specifically poetry) at the Mildred Haun Conference on Appalachian Studies, in Morristown, Tennessee.

  • In December of 2008 she was awarded a travel and research grant by the University of Southern Indiana to study in Vienna, Austria.

  • She was the recipient of a Mensa Education and Research Foundation scholarship in 1997.


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