Maine poet Gary Lawless ’73 received the 2017 Constance H. Carlson Public Humanities Prize from the Maine Humanities Council for his exemplary contributions to public humanities. Lawless owns and operates Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick, works with veterans and immigrant communities on finding their voice, and volunteers with a nonprofit arts center. ♦ In her Feb. 7 biweekly column for the Morning Sentinel, former Waterville mayor Karen Heck ’74 discusses the need for activism. “We have been moving policies forward through protest since this country was born and we are not about to cede ground,” she wrote. ♦ Stable, a book of poems by David Surette ’79, was named an Honors Book in the 2016 Massachusetts Book Award program in the poetry category. Surette, an English teacher at East Bridgewater High School, has written five collections of poetry.