First Lear Scholarship to Cricket Desmarais

12/02/2014  by Arlo Haskell  9 Comments
Cricket Desamarais

Cricket Desmarais

We are delighted to announce the selection of Cricket Desmarais as the recipient of our inaugural Liz Lear Scholarship. Introduced this year, the annual award recognizes a Florida Keys resident who is passionate about the written word. The Lear Scholarship provides the recipient with full tuition to the seminar and/or our workshop program and is available only to local residents.

Cricket holds an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University and has written & worked professionally for twenty years as a freelance journalist, media specialist, poet, and editor. She is also a creative consultant and coach, a boat captain, and a yoga, writing, and dance instructor.

Cricket lives in Key West with her two young daughters and is the author of of I Love Coconut Oil: 56 Simple Tips for Every Day Use. Her novel One Hundred Fires, a historical fiction story set in the Florida Keys and Cuba during and just after The Depression, will be released by Salt Editions in January 2015. For more about Cricket, visit

9 Responses

  1. Micah says:

    You truly deserve this my beautiful big sister. I love you. Mom shines down upon us. I’m very proud of all you are!! Xoxo

  2. Patricia wood says:

    Cricket, congrats…proud of you….Trisha…steffies sister….

  3. Congratulations Cricket, I am very proud of you. You are a go getter!

  4. David Koontz says:

    After years of work you become an overnight success. Congratulations my Dear.

  5. Ronit Berdugo says:

    Congratulations to a very unique, creative, and deserving artist!

  6. Congratulations, Cricket – you and your book so richly deserve this. I’m delighted for you!

  7. So happy to hear the news! Congratulations!

    We’re so proud of you!

  9. Thank you for the kind comments. Feeling fortunate & excited for the seminar. Much gratitude to Liz Lear & KWLS’s Arlo & Miles & board. XoC

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