2011 Golden Pen Award
Helen E. Rilling
February 9, 1914 - November 29, 2009
Helen E. Rilling, 94, Auburn, Illinois, was a supporter of every creative challenge given by Amy Kitchener’s Angels Without Wings Foundation since its incorporation as a non-profit literary society in 2001. She was a member of its Meeting the Muse Chapter of the Missouri State Poetry Society and won awards in the Senior Poets Laureate contests. A lifelong student, she was a Bardlet in Yvonne Nunn’s Cyber College of Online Poetry. Helen was a crew member of Project Aznatsyrots which blasted the Story Stanza into cyber-space on 1-1-08. Despite being injured in a fall shortly before her death, she claimed writing helped her heal, and her good-hearted humor prevailed throughout her life. She received the Mayor's 2007 Arts Awards for Springfield and surrounding Illinois counties. She was “hired hand” on her husband's farm for years. Helen had five books and 1000 poems published. Her sign was Aquarius.