Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Richard J. Alley

A Place to Stay

Victoria Ford, a child of the Memphis political dynasty, survived her parents’ disgrace to stand on a stage in Carnegie Hall and accept a national writing award

June 29, 2011 The Ford family of Memphis may be known as a political dynasty, but Victoria Ford is in the news for a much less controversial reason: last month she won a national Scholastic Art and Writing Award—and a $10,000 college scholarship. Past winners of the prestigious prize include Sylvia Plath, Joyce Carol Oates, and Truman Capote. For Ford, the awards ceremony, held May 31 in New York City’s Carnegie Hall, was a moment to remember.

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