North Little Rock’s William F. Laman Library announced today that frequent Arkansas Times contributor Mara Leveritt is the recipient of this year’s $10,000 Laman Library Writers Fellowship. Leveritt plans to use the money to work on “Justice Knot,” the follow up to her 2002 book, “Devil’s Knot,” Leveritt’s exhaustive account of the West Memphis Three case which became a sort of handbook for those interested in helping seek justice for Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols and Jessie Misskelley.
Now in its third year, the fellowship program awards a grant to previously-published Arkansas writers who are working on another book. Historian Grif Stockley won the prize in 2010, followed by Little Rock novelist Kevin Brockmeier in 2011.
The formal announcement of Leveritt’s win for 2012 will be held on Tuesday, January 10 at 10 a.m. at the William F. Laman Public Library exhibit hall at 2801 Orange St. in N. Little Rock.