Lorraine Walker Williams was awarded a grand prize in the 25th Annual Artists Embassy International’s Dancing Poetry Contest for her poem, "Two Braids: A Sestina" on Saturday, Sept. 15 at The Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, Calif. A total of 660 poems were submitted by 168 poets from 34 states and 6 countries in this contest.

Her work was honored by the Poetic Dance Theater Company who created costumes, music and choreography to bring the poem to life on stage in the Florence Gould Theater in San Francisco. She also read her ArtPoem, “Barns” which also received recognition.

Lorraine Walker Williams is the author of five books of poetry: Simply Sanibel Poems, Split Poems, Fire in the Grass, Paradise Found and Near Water. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice, Walker Williams has received first place awards for her poetry from the National League of American Pen Women, Gulf Coast Writers and Sanibel Writers Conference and has read at the Library of Congress, the Palace of the Legion of Honor and PBS Arts Edition. She is a member of Island Writers and has read her poems at many Writers Reads. She is the recipient of two Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Grants in poetry. Creator of ArtPoems, a collaboration of artists and poets, she was named Literary Artist of the Year 2009 by the Alliance for the Arts, Fort Myers. Lorraine published a weekly poem in her column “Poetry Place” for SantivaChronicle.com from 2014 to 2018. Connect with her at www.lorrainewalkerwilliams.com