And the Most Valuable Patron of the Arts Award goes to…


B.J. Hollars

It’s award season here at the Guild, which means we’ll be bestowing five lucky individuals with “prestigious” awards the best way we know how: in the dead of night (or the dead of dawn) when the recipient least expects it.  Sure, it’s nice to roll out the red carpet, but who wants to deal with all the paparazzi?  And besides, nothing’s better than a surprise… 

On a crisp fall afternoon Guild director B.J. Hollars burst into the home of Jill Postlewaite.

“Surprise!” he shouted.  “You’re our Most Valuable Patron of the Arts award winner!”

She was stunned into silence.

“I’m sorry…are you selling something?” she asked.

“Of course not!” cried Hollars.  “At least of course not today.  We got you this award!  It’s our way of saying thank you for helping to dream Cirenaica into being!  Without you, it would never have been.  Thank you for sharing your space with us.”

Jill nodded, reaching for a notebook.

“What are you writing?” asked B.J.

“Just reminding myself to get the locks changed out at Cirenaica.  You know, so we don’t have any…um…unwanted guests.”

“Great idea,” B.J. agreed.

“Yes, I believe it is, too,” she said, staring hard in B.J.'s general direction.

“Why are you staring so hard in my general direction?” B.J. asked.

“Oh, no reason,” smiled Jill.  “No reason at all…”

Okay, okay, time to get serious.  A very sincere congratulation to Jill Postlewaite, who took a dream and made it a reality, helping hundreds of writers in the process.  If you’ve spent even a minute at Cirenaica, then you know the magical place she’s helped create.  We thank you, Jill! None of this would have been possible without your patronage to the arts!

And so concludes our 2017 “Most Valuable” awards.  Of course, you’re all valuable!  But come on, trophies ain’t cheap! (Well, they’re sort of cheap, but still…).  Until next year!