Robin Throne, of LeClaire, recently was named fourth recipient of the Midwest Writing Center's David R. Collins Literary Achievement Award.
Ms. Throne, who has a Ph.D in educational research, assessment and evaluation, is a founding member of the LeClaire writing group, and is a published author of a poetry chapbook, two novels and an academic monograph, and other works.
"But beyond her own work, she generously mentors and supports local writers and poets," wrote Nancy A. Schaefer, a MWC program committee member who nominated her for the award -- last given in 2010 to Connie Corcoran Wilson.
Ms. Throne operates her own small independent press, 918studio, publishing and showcasing the writing of others.
She has been a supporter of the Davenport-based MWC, financially and otherwise, Ms. Schaefer said. Over the years, she has continued to contribute to the life of the center, serving on the program and advancement committees, and briefly on the board.
Ms. Throne started the Mississippi Valley Chapbook contest, Great River Writers' Retreat, the Collins' Poetry Residency, and was a past mentor for the residency. She started online classes, formatted a poetry book and The Atlas, and for a time blogged for MWC.
Ms. Throne advises students on dissertations for North Central University in Arizona and is this semester's faculty adviser for the Scott Community College student newspaper.
"She has shown her serious commitment to the literary community here in the Quad Cities and beyond," Ms. Schaefer wrote.
"Her Kind," Ms. Throne's debut novel, was inspired by Anne Sexton's poem of the same name, and is an epistolary novel of an unassuming matriarch who chronicles a family migration from England to New England to Iowa, and the settlement of the lost river village of Parkhurst(now part of LeClaire).
"Her Kind" is available for purchase at the Midwest Writing Center, Artswork in LeClaire, The Book Rack in Davenport and Moline, Book World in Southpark Mall, and Prairie Lights in Iowa City. The Kindle version is available from Amazon.com.
For more information on her publishing house in LeClaire, visit 918studio.net.