Cecil Dawkins


Cecil Dawkins, Author, died May 11 at age 91. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and everyone whose life she touched. Born and educated in Alabama, Cecil earned her master’s at Stanford on a Writing Fellowship. After falling in love with Taos during a Wurlitzer Foundation residency in the 1960s, she lived in the adobe house she built herself, and later downtown, but also taught at Stephens College, Sarah Lawrence, the University of Hawaii, and Georgia College. Cecil’s publications, which include a collection of short stories, The Quiet Enemy; two novels, The Live Goat and Charleyhorse; and an off-Broadway play, The Displaced Person, earned her the Harper Saxton Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. She had an eye for folly and an ear for dialogue. Time Magazine: “Cecil Dawkins’ stories have the special power of haunting the mind.”


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