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Gregg Barrios, a board member of the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC), has donated funds for the NBCC Nona Balakian Award, which was established in 1987. Barrios’ donation provides first-time funding for the award. NBCC President Eric Banks made the announcement in his “President’s Message”:
Thanks to a generous contribution from board member Gregg Barrios dedicated to funding the award for the next three years, we are able for the first time to provide a monetary award to go along with the citation.
The next recipient of the award will be presented with a citation and a $1,000 check. Gregg Barrios has donated enough money to fund the Balakian award for several years.
Gregg Barrios is author of the play RANCHO PANCHO and a collection of poems entitled LA CAUSA. Both are published by Hansen Publishing Group. He also has two forthcoming books with Hansen Publishing Group: PURO ROLLO (fall 2012) and THE MEN WHO MADE TENNESSEE WILLIAMS: Pancho Rodriguez and Frank Merlo (fall 2013).