Caneel Cheskin has been awarded the inaugural Ilgenfritz Scholarship to Longfellow Young Writers’ Workshop. Caneel has received a full scholarship to attend the young writers’ workshop at the University of Maine at Farmington in July.

Cheskin is a rising senior at Belfast Area High School. She has been writing since sixth grade and is an aspiring novelist, and has been writing since about sixth grade. Cheskin specializes in fantasy and science fiction, and has twice placed in her school’s writing contest. She hopes to major in English and/or creative writing in college.


GallandNancy Galland has been awarded the inaugural Ilgenfritz Scholarship to the SLICE Literary Writers’ Conference. Galland receives a full scholarship to attend the SLICE conference in New York in September, as well as a $500 honorarium.

Galland’s new memoir “What Vanishes, What Remains,” details her odyssey of organic farming since 1976, a time long before the term “organic” was a common buzzword. After being driven off her mother’s farm in Hadley, Massachusetts by hostile chemical farmers, Galland landed by some miracle on Fiddler’s Green Farm in Belfast, Maine with a lease-purchase agreement. “By the end of ten years,” writes Galland, “the miracle had been undermined by betrayal and greed.”

Today, Galland lives in Stockton Springs with her 23-year-old cat.