Hairspray and Pink Flamingos auteur John Waters will be honored February 19 with the Writers Guild of America East’s Ian McLellan Hunter Award at the 2017 WGA Awards gala.

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The award was established in 1992 in memory of the longtime WGAE member and is presented to a WGA member in honor of his/her body of work as a writer in motion pictures or television.

“Decades ago, a critic once wrote that my screenplays ‘were merely clothes lines to hang out my dirty wash.’ I’m glad the WGAE disagrees — or maybe they do agree, who knows?” Waters said in the announcement of the award. “Either way, I couldn’t be more honored and excited to get this award.”

Presenting the Hunter Award to Waters will be his fellow Baltimore native David Simon, a previous honoree for his work on The Wire, Tremé and Homicide: Life on the Street. Waters appeared twice on Homicide.

“John Waters has made being not right, not normal, not ordinary nor expected seem so, well, Baltimore,” said Simon. “Time and again, on film and in prose and eventually on Broadway, he has celebrated the very American notion that there is, in fact, no normal. That we are all, if we are honest, at least two standard deviations from the mean. In Baltimore, it is our goddamn birthright.”

The 2017 Writers Guild Awards New York show will be hosted by Lewis Black.