Booneville native Paul Crenshaw has been selected for a 2017 Pushcart Prize.

The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses series is edited by Bill Henderson with the Pushcart Prize editors. It has been published annually since 1976, honoring hundreds of presses and thousands of writers of short stories, poetry and essays. Each year most of the writers and many of the presses are new to the series, as was the case with Crenshaw.

The adjunct assistant Professor of English at Elon University in Elon, N.C., won the award for his essay titled, “The Hornet Among Us,” which was published in the journal War, Literature and the Arts.

The essay begins as a meditation on the Japanese giant hornet and the ways nature evolves to kill, and ends with a reflection on man’s nature.

Crenshaw has taught college writing, literature and creative writing courses at Elon since 2003. He has been published in Best American Essays three times, in 2005, 2011 and last year for an essay titled “Names.” His work has also been also published in Best American Nonrequired Reading in 2015.

Crenshaw, a 1990 graduate of Booneville High School and the son of Alfred Crenshaw and Sandra Richardson of Booneville, has a MFA in fiction writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a BFA in creative writing from Arkansas Tech University.

In addition to his latest publication, Crenshaw has been published in, among others, Text, Mind and World: An Introduction to Literary Criticism in 2007; the North American Review in 2001, 2006 and 2011; and Southern Humanities Review in 2004 and 2010.