Tuesday, October 09, 2007

The Upper Left Hand Corner

The National Poetry Series is pleased to announce...

The Winners of the 2007 Open Competition:

Joe Bonomo of DeKalb, Illinois, InstallationsChosen by Naomi Shihab Nye, to be published by Penguin Books

Oni Buchanan of Brighton, Massachusetts, SpringChosen by Mark Doty, to be published by University of Illinois Press

Sabra Loomis of New York, New York, House Held Together by WindsChosen by James Tate, to be published by HarperCollins Publishers

Donna Stonecipher of Seattle, Washington, The Cosmopolitan
Chosen by John Yau, to be published by Coffee House Press

Rodrigo Toscano of Brooklyn, New York, Collapsible Poetics Theater
Chosen by Marjorie Welish, to be published by Fence Books


An in other recent news: Brian Culhane received the Emily Dickinson First Book Award, recognizing an American poet over the age of 50 who has yet to publish a first book of poetry. In addition to publication of his winning manuscript, Culhane received a prize of $10,000. Culhane, 53, was born in 1954 in New York City and earned a BA from the City University of New York and an MFA from Columbia University. He received a PhD from the University of Washington, studying epic literature and the history of criticism. He currently lives in Seattle with his wife and children, and teaches film and English at the Lakeside School. Through the Washington Commission for the Humanities, he has lectured on Frost and Thoreau throughout Washington state. His poetry has been published in such journals as The New Criterion, The Hudson Review, The New Republic, and The Paris Review.


I'm glad to see two more Seattle poets getting recognition. There is a hotbed of poetry going on in the upper left hand corner of the country!

PS: Actually, looking outside at the weather this morning, it's a cold damp loamy fertile bed of poetry. Nothing hot about it.

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