The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow (WCDH) is proud to introduce scholarship recipient Shonna Enzio. Enzio is a creative writing major at NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) and a first-generation college student. A mother and up-and-coming author, who was widowed five days before the global COVID-19 pandemic, Enzio crafts the lessons she is learning about survival, grief, and finding hope into essays meant to inspire readers struggling through their own loss. She is a staff reporter for the NWACC Eagle View Newspaper and the assistant poetry editor for Hive Avenue Literary Journal.
Michelle Hannon, WCDH Executive Director, said, “Shonna honored the audience of the WCDH virtual Poetluck on May 21st by sharing a powerful lyrical non-fiction essay which blended poetry and prose to address grief. It was clear that she had talent. Helping emerging writers like Shonna is the reason WCDH established our scholarship fund. We were thrilled to be able to offer her a residency.” Shonna said, “To learn I was chosen because of merit, and that The Writers Colony believes I can do great things, was more than a confidence boost. Michelle’s words and The Writers' Colony’s generosity was a light in a stormy year. Sometimes everyone needs a dose of luminous hope to help them survive, especially in 2020. I believe this opportunity has anchored my course to weave words of hope to readers.”
Shonna described her stay at The Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow as, “more than a writer’s getaway, it was a lesson in healing and being alone. Since my husband passed away in March, my life has been nebulous and only sustained through the love and support of my son, friends, family, and my writing. Due to social distancing, I felt frozen within the walls of my home---time and the world outside my windows blurred away.”
She continued, “Checking into The Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow unfroze me. From the moment I entered the gorgeous Maya Angelou Suite, I knew this was everything I needed. From the whimsical stars sparkling with hope on the chandelier to notes scribed by authors who had shared this space before me, I felt like I had stepped into a writing tradition larger than I was. I spent my first few hours reading note after note left behind by published, seasoned writers, as well as others penned by emerging talents like myself. Within these pages was a history of writers who had started their work in this room, notes from years later when they returned after their story was published. For a budding writer, the road to publication can often feel arduous, but in this writing suite, those concerns waned much like the sun setting over the peaceful grove of trees outside my windows.”