Hood, 69, is the author of three short story collections, two novellas and a novel. She has won the Townsend Prize once before, in 1988, for her short story collection, “And Venus is Blue.” She was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2014.
Born in Brunswick, Ga., she lived near Woodstock for 30 years, and now lives in Commerce. She has taught at the University of Mississippi, Berry College, Reinhardt College, Oxford College of Emory University and Mercer University.
Hood writes that she would also have encouraged the gathering to persevere. “Since I am getting to be the poster child for never giving up, I would have said what Lewis said to Clark, scribbled in pencil on a scrap of paper and sent by runner forward through the wilds: ‘Proceed on. Proceeding on.’”