Princeton Writes marked the successful conclusion of its third annual staff essay contest with a festive reception at Maclean House on June 12. In his remarks, program director John Weeren thanked contestants for revealing overlooked and underappreciated facets of Princeton’s campus, as well as important aspects of themselves. When we write, he said, “we remove our own cloaks of invisibility, so to speak, and that demands both personal courage and faith in others.” Vice President for Human Resources Lianne Sullivan-Crowley offered her own congratulations before the contest’s honorees were introduced.
Princeton Writes Prize winner Tom Dunne and honorable mention recipients Matt Eaton, Jon Horowitz, and Gwen McNamara were presented with certificates and copies of On Writing Well, a guide for writers of nonfiction by the late William Zinsser ’44, and Dunne read his compelling submission, “Anonymous Monument,” to warm applause. Links to his essay, as well as to those of his fellow honorees, can be found on the Princeton Writes Prize webpage.
The joyful spirit of the afternoon was captured by local photographer David Kelly Crow.