Dick Cass, a mentor in the MFA program, recently won the Community Division of the essay contest associated with Danbury's One Book, One Community program, which is reading Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried. Cass's essay My Father's Grin will be posted on the One Book, One Community Web site along with those of the other winners.
The prompt for the essay was this:
It's no stretch to say that each of us engages in numerous and diverse conflicts throughout our lives. Write an essay in which you discuss your greatest life challenge or conflict and the literal and spiritual "things" you "carry" to remind you of, and help you cope with, that challenge. How does Tim O'Brien's The Things They carried help you put your own challeneg or conflict into perspective?
Winners of the contest and their guests will have dinner with Tim O'Brien on October 26, 2010.
One Book, One Community is a partnership of the Danbury Library, Danbury Public Schools, and Western Connecticut State University. This is the third year of the program.
Reach Dick at email@example.com.