On Friday, July 27, Nisi Shawl presented Dennis Staples with the Owl Pendant honoring his status as our Octavia E. Butler Scholar attending Clarion West’s 2018 Six-Week Workshop session. As she has done since the award’s inception, Laurie Toby Edison provided a beautiful silver pendant cast from a design Octavia commissioned. The accompanying photos show Nisi approaching Dennis, struggling with the clasp, and applauding his heartfelt speech of thanks, followed by a shot of him being mobbed by his classmates and well-wishers. Thank you to everyone who made these moments possible. Long live Octavia and her brood!
(P.S.: And a huge bundle of thanks to Yang-Yang Wang for providing these photos.)