All in all, Praying at Coffee Shops is marvelously effective poetry, full of little realizations and multiple layers of meaning that the best poetry delights us with.
Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) May 30, 2009
Maureen Sherbondy, a Raleigh, North Carolina poet with two published poetry collections, has been named a winner in the poetry category of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards for her book Praying at Coffee Shops. The book was also named a finalist in the regional and religion/non-fiction categories. The Next Generation Indie Book Awards "was established to recognize and honor the most exceptional independently published books in 60 different categories, for the year, and is presented by Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group."
Praying at Coffee Shops (ISBN: 13: 978-1-59948-108-1), Sherbondy's second book, was published by Main Street Rag Publishing Company in 2008. The book contains poems about heritage, ceremonies, rituals, and about being a Jew in the South. In a recent review of the book by Roy Wang of NewPages.com, Wang wrote "All in all, Praying at Coffee Shops is marvelously effective poetry, full of little realizations and multiple layers of meaning that the best poetry delights us with."
Sherbondy will receive a gold medal and a cash award. Sherbondy says of the award, "I am thrilled. Poets receive little recognition and rarely receive financial compensation. We write for the love of writing. Still, it's wonderful to be recognized."
Sherbondy is an award-winning poet and short story writer. Her stories have appeared in literary journals such as Stone Canoe, the North Carolina Literary Review, Southeast Review, and the Sierra Nevada College Review. She is a previous winner of the Piccolo Spoleto Fiction Open, as well as a finalist in Southeast Review's Best Short-Short Story Contest. Her first short story collection, The Slow Vanishing, will be released in the fall by Main Street Rag Publishing Company.