Writers & Books in Rochester named its eight Big Pencil Award winners for 2018.
The annual ceremony celebrates individuals and organizations that support, foster and create literature in the Rochester community.
The award recognized Anderson Allen, Lu Highsmith, Aceyon Owens and Shaq Payne as teachers of youth who inspired the creation and appreciation of literature; Sharon Knapp as a teacher of adults who inspired the creation and appreciation of literature; David Andreatta as a writer who impacted Rochester readers; Rochester Association of Black Journalists as an organization that significantly contributed to the Rochester literary community; and Patricia Uttaro as an individual who significantly contributed to the Rochester literary community.