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booksWe have decided not to go forward with the Barton County Poets & Writers Anthology Project.

We made every effort along the way on behalf of the anthology, starting with a presentation at a Lamar Rotary Club luncheon, followed by the distribution of fliers and bookmarks throughout the county, a press release to The Lamar Democrat and other area newspapers that resulted in multiple published stories, promotion of the anthology during free self-publishing classes given at the Lamar Vo-Tech, promotion at Open Mic Night at Market Square in Lamar, and a three month extension of the original March 30 deadline followed by six bi-weekly paid advertisements in The Xchanger. All that plus copious promotion of the project via the Barton County Poets & Writers and the Arts Council of Barton County websites.

Yet, in the six months that the anthology has been open for submissions (January 1 – June 30, 2009), we have received only a tiny handful of submissions – nowhere near enough to produce even a small book length manuscript. So, rather than extending the deadline further, we have elected to end the project without publication.

Thanks to everyone who shared their work with us and for your patience during this long extended submissions process. We apologize for any inconvenience, and wish you well in your writing career.

Thank you!

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penpaperMore writing contest deadlines from Poets & Writers Magazie:

ABZ Press
First Book Prize
A prize of $1,000, publication by ABZ Press, and 50 author copies will be given annually for a first poetry collection. Mark Halliday will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee by June 30. Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
ABZ Press, First Book Prize, P.O. Box 2746, Huntington, WV 25727-2746. (304) 733-5054. John McKernan, Editor.
editorial@abzpress.com
www.abzpress.com

University of Akron Press
Akron Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Akron Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Martín Espada will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $25 entry fee by June 15. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for complete guidelines. (See Recent Winners.)
University of Akron Press, Akron Poetry Prize, Bierce Library 374B, Akron, OH 44325-1703. Mary Biddinger, Poetry Editor.
www.uakron.edu/uapress/poetryprize.html

Alehouse Press
Happy Hour Poetry Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Alehouse is given annually for a single poem. All entries will be considered for publication. Submit up to three poems of no more than 40 lines each with a $15 entry fee, which includes a one-year subscription to Alehouse, by July 1. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Alehouse Press, Happy Hour Poetry Award, P.O. Box 31655, San Francisco, CA 94131. Jay Rubin, Editor.
editor@alehousepress.com
www.alehousepress.com

American-Scandinavian Foundation
Translation Prizes
A prize of $2,000 and publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review is given annually for an English translation of a Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, or Swedish work of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. A prize of $1,000 is also awarded to a translator whose literary translations have not previously been published. Translations must be from the writing of a Scandinavian author born after 1800 that has not been previously published in English. Submit four copies of up to 25 pages of poetry or 50 pages of prose, one copy of the original work, and a curriculum vitae by June 1. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE, call, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines. (See Recent Winners.)
American-Scandinavian Foundation, Translation Prizes, Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016. (212) 879-9779.
www.amscan.org/translation.html

Artist Trust
Literature Fellowships
Fellowships of $7,500 each are awarded in odd-numbered years to Washington poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Fellowship recipients must develop and produce a public event, such as a reading, lecture, or workshop. Residents of Washington State who are at least 18 years old and are not matriculated students are eligible. Submit up to 15 pages of poetry or 20 pages of prose and a resumé by June 12. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for the required application and complete guidelines.
Artist Trust, Literature Fellowships, 1835 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122. (206) 467-8734, ext. 11. Monica Miller, Director of Programs.
info@artisttrust.org
www.artisttrust.org

Astraea Foundation
Lesbian Writers Fund
Two $10,000 grants are given annually to emerging lesbian poets and fiction writers. Two finalists in each category will each receive a grant of $1,500. Applicants must have published work at least once in a newspaper, magazine, literary journal, or anthology but must not have published more than one book in any genre. Submit 10 to 15 pages of poetry or up to 20 pages of fiction with lesbian content and a one-paragraph biography with a $5 entry fee by June 30. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for the required entry form and complete guidelines.
Astraea Foundation, Lesbian Writers Fund, 116 East 16th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10003. (212) 529-8021, ext. 22.
grants@astraeafoundation.org
www.astraeafoundation.org

Autumn House Press
Poetry and Fiction Contests
Two prizes of $1,000 each, a $1,500 travel grant to participate in the 2010 Autumn House Master Authors Series in Pittsburgh, and publication by Autumn House Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction. Alicia Ostriker will judge in poetry; Sharon Dilworth will judge in fiction. Submit 50 to 80 pages of poetry or 200 to 300 pages of fiction with a $25 entry fee by June 30. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Autumn House Press, Poetry and Fiction Contests, P.O. Box 60100, Pittsburgh, PA 15211. Michael Simms, Editor.
msimms@autumnhouse.org
www.autumnhouse.org

Bard College
Bard Fiction Prize
A prize of $30,000 and a one-semester appointment as writer-in-residence at Bard College is given annually to a U.S. fiction writer under the age of 40. The recipient must give at least one public lecture and meet informally with students but is not expected to teach traditional courses. Submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three copies of a published book of fiction by July 15. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Bard College, Bard Fiction Prize, P.O. Box 5000, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000. (845) 758-7087. Irene Zedlacher, Manager.
bfp@bard.edu

www.bard.edu/bfp

Barrow Street Press
Book Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Barrow Street Press is given annually for a poetry collection. David Wojahn will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 70 pages with a $25 entry fee by June 30. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for complete guidelines. (See Recent Winners.)
Barrow Street Press, Book Contest, P.O. Box 1831, New York, NY 10156.
www.barrowstreet.org

Bitter Oleander Press
Frances Locke Memorial Poetry Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Bitter Oleander is given annually for a single poem. Submit up to five poems of no more than two pages each with a $10 entry fee ($2 for each additional poem) by June 15. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Bitter Oleander Press, Frances Locke Memorial Poetry Award, 4983 Tall Oaks Drive, Fayetteville, NY 13066-9776. Paul Roth, Publisher.
info@bitteroleander.com

www.bitteroleander.com

Blue Mountain Center
Richard J. Margolis Award
A stipend of $5,000 and a monthlong residency at the Blue Mountain Center, an artists colony in Blue Mountain Lake, New York, is given annually to a writer of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction with the exception of memoir) whose work recalls that of Richard J. Margolis, a journalist, essayist, and poet who wrote about those whose voices are seldom heard. Submit three copies of two writing samples totaling no more than 30 pages and a project description by July 1. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for complete guidelines. (See Recent Winners.)
Blue Mountain Center, Richard J. Margolis Award, c/o Margolis & Bloom, 535 Boylston Street, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02116.
Harry Margolis, Contact.
www.margolis.com/award

Boston Review
Poetry Contest
A prize of $1,500 and publication in the November/December issue of Boston Review is given annually for a poem or group of poems. The winning works will also be published on the journal’s Web site. Rae Armantrout will judge. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages with a $20 entry fee, which includes a one-year subscription to Boston Review, by June 1. Call or visit the Web site for complete guidelines. (See Recent Winners.)
Boston Review, Poetry Contest, 35 Medford Street, Suite 302, Somerville, MA 02143. (617) 591-0505.
review@bostonreview.net
bostonreview.net/about/contest

Boulevard
Emerging Poets Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Boulevard is given annually for a group of poems by a poet who has not yet published a book of poetry with a nationally distributed press. All entries will be considered for publication. Submit three poems of any length with a $15 entry fee, which includes a one-year subscription to Boulevard, by May 15. Visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Boulevard, Emerging Poets Contest, PMB 325, 6614 Clayton Road, Richmond Heights, MO 63117. Richard Burgin, Editor.
www.richardburgin.net/boulevard.htm

Bridport Arts Centre
The Bridport Prize
Two prizes of £5,000 (approximately $5,550) each and publication in the Bridport Prize Anthology are given annually for a single poem and a short story. Second prize in each category is £1,000 (approximately $1,110) and publication. Jackie Kay will judge in poetry, and Ali Smith will judge in fiction. Submit a poem of up to 42 lines or a short story of up to 5,000 words by June 30. The entry fee is $7 for poetry, and $8 for fiction. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the Web site for the required entry form and complete guidelines.
(See Recent Winners.)
Bridport Arts Centre, The Bridport Prize, P.O. Box 6910, Dorset, DT6 9BQ, United Kingdom. Frances Everitt, Prize Administrator.
frances@bridportprize.org.uk
www.bridportprize.org.uk

University of California
Chicano/Latino Literary Prize
A prize of $1,000, publication by Arte Público Press, and travel expenses to attend the award ceremony in Irvine, California, is given annually on a rotating basis for a poetry collection, a short story collection, and a novel written in Spanish or English. A second prize of $500 is also awarded. The 2009 prize will be given for a poetry collection by a Chicano or Latino writer who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. Submit three print copies and an electronic copy of a manuscript of 60 to 80 pages by June 1. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
University of California, Chicano/Latino Literary Prize, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, 322 Humanities Hall, Irvine, CA 92697-5275. (949) 824-5443.
cllp@uci.edu
www.hnet.uci.edu/spanishandportuguese/cllp/main_novel.htm

Comstock Review
Muriel Craft Bailey Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Comstock Review is given annually for a single poem. Maxine Kumin will judge. Submit a poem of up to 40 lines with a $5 entry fee by July 1. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for complete guidelines. (See Recent Winners.)
Comstock Review, Muriel Craft Bailey Award, 4956 St. John Drive, Syracuse, NY 13215. John Bellinger, Managing Editor.
www.comstockreview.org

Crab Orchard Series in Poetry
First Book Award
A prize of $1,000, publication by Southern Illinois University Press, and a $1,500 honorarium to give a reading at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is given annually for a book of poems. U.S. poets who have not published a poetry collection of over 48 pages in an edition of over 500 copies are eligible. Michelle Boisseau will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 75 pages with a $25 entry fee, which includes a one-year subscription to Crab Orchard Review, between May 15 and July 1. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for complete guidelines. (See Recent Winners.)
Crab Orchard Series in Poetry, First Book Award, Department of English, Mail Code 4503, 1000 Faner Drive, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 62901. Jon Tribble, Series Editor.
www.siuc.edu/~crborchd/firstpo.html

Emergency Press
Book Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Emergency Press will be given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or a hybrid of genres that explores a single topic. Jayson Iwen will judge. All entries will be considered for publication. Submit a manuscript of at least 80 pages with a $20 entry fee by June 1. Visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Emergency Press, Book Contest, 533 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10001. (206) 331-7477. Bryan Tomasovich, Managing Editor.
www.emergencypress.org

Finishing Line Press
Open Chapbook Competition
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Finishing Line Press is given annually for a chapbook-length poetry collection. Charles Pratt will judge. All entries will be considered for publication. Submit 16 to 26 pages of poetry with a $15 entry fee by June 30. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Finishing Line Press, Open Chapbook Competition, P.O. Box 1626, Georgetown, KY 40324. (859) 514-8966. Kevin Maines, Managing Editor.
finishingbooks@aol.com
www.finishinglinepress.com

Frost Place
Resident Poet Award
A prize of $2,000 and a two-month residency at Robert Frost’s former home in Franconia, New Hampshire, is given annually to a poet who has published at least one poetry collection. Submit four copies of five poems, a resumé, and contact information for two references with a $20 entry fee by July 3. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Frost Place, Resident Poet Award, P.O. Box 74, 158 Ridge Road, Franconia, NH 03580. (603) 823-5510. Therese Reger, Administrator.
rfrost@ncia.net

www.frostplace.org

University of Georgia Press
Flannery O’Connor Awards
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by University of Georgia Press are given annually for short story collections. Submit a manuscript of 50,000 to 75,000 words (approximately 200 to 275 pages) with a $25 entry fee by May 31. Visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
(See Recent Winners.)
University of Georgia Press, Flannery O’Connor Awards, 330 Research Drive, Athens, GA 30602-4901. Erika Stevens, Competition Coordinator.
www.ugapress.org/info_aup_submitfoc.html

Gival Press
Novel Award
A prize of $3,000 and publication will be given annually for a novel. Submit a manuscript of 30,000 to 100,000 words with a $50 entry fee by May 30. Send an SASE, call, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Gival Press, Novel Award, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203. (703) 351-0079. Robert Giron, Editor.
www.givalpress.com

Glimmer Train Press
Fiction Open
A prize of $2,000 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given quarterly for a short story. Submit a story of 2,000 to 20,000 words with a $20 entry fee during the month of June. Visit the Web site for complete guidelines. (See Recent Winners.)
Short Story Award for New Writers
A prize of $1,200 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given twice yearly for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not been published in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation above 5,000. Submit a story of 500 to 12,000 words with a $15 entry fee by May 31. Visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Glimmer Train Press, 1211 NW Glisan Street, Suite 207, Portland, OR 97209. (503) 221-0836. Susan Burmeister-Brown and Linda Swanson-Davies, Coeditors.
www.glimmertrain.org

Grub Street
Nonfiction Book Prize
A prize of $1,000 will be given annually to honor a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) by a writer living outside New England who has published at least one previous book. The winning author will also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Boston to teach a craft class at the Muse and the Marketplace Conference. Submit a book of nonfiction published in 2009 or 2010, a curriculum vitae, and a proposal for the craft class with a $10 entry fee by July 1. Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
(See Recent Winners.)
Grub Street, Nonfiction Book Prize, 160 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116. (617) 695-0075. Christopher Castellani, Artistic Director. chris@grubstreet.org
www.grubstreet.org

Hidden River Arts
William Van Wert Fiction Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Hidden River Anthology is given annually for a short story or novel excerpt. Send a manuscript of up to 25 pages with a $15 entry fee by June 30. Visit the Web site for the required entry form and complete guidelines. (See Recent Winners.)
Hidden River Arts, William Van Wert Fiction Award, P.O. Box 421, Bala-Cynwyd, PA 19004-0421.
hiddenriverarts@gmail.com
www.hiddenriverarts.com

Indiana Review
‘1/2 K’ Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review is given annually for a single prose poem or a work of fiction under 500 words. Lydia Davis will judge. All entries will be considered for publication. Submit up to three poems or works of prose with a $15 entry fee, which includes a one-year subscription to Indiana Review, by June 1. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Indiana Review, ‘1/2 K’ Prize, Ballantine Hall 465, 1020 East Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47405-7103. Jenny Burdge, Editor.
inreview@indiana.edu
www.indianareview.org

Leeway Foundation
Art and Change Grants
Grants of up to $2,500 each are given by the Leeway Foundation three times a year to support women poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in the Philadelphia area who need financial assistance to work on a project involving art and social change. Women and transgender writers living in Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia counties who are 18 years of age or older and who are not full-time students in an arts program are eligible. Applicants must have a project commitment from an organization or mentor. Submit an application by June 1. There is no entry fee. Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines. (See Recent Winners.)
Leeway Foundation, Art and Change Grants, The Philadelphia Building, 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 832, Philadelphia, PA 19107. (215) 545-4078. Sham-e-Ali al-Jamil, Program Director.
info@leeway.org
www.leeway.org

Literal Latté
Poetry Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a single poem. Submit up to six poems of no more than 2,000 words each with a $10 entry fee by July 15. E-mail or visit the Web site for complete guidelines. (See Recent Winners.)
Literal Latté, Poetry Award, 200 East 10th Street, Suite 240, New York, NY 10003. (212) 260-5532. Jenine Gordon Bockman, Editor.
litlatte@aol.com
www.literal-latte.com

Literary Arts
Oregon Literary Fellowships
Fellowships of at least $2,500 each are given annually to Oregon writers to initiate, develop, or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. In addition, Women Writers Fellowships of at least $2,500 are given annually to Oregon women writers of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction whose work explores experiences of race, class, physical disability, or sexual orientation. Submit 15 pages of poetry or 25 pages of prose by June 26. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for the required entry form and complete guidelines. (See Recent Winners.)
Literary Arts, Oregon Literary Fellowships, 224 NW 13th Avenue, Suite 306, Portland, OR 97209. (503) 227-2583. Susan Denning, Program Director.
www.literary-arts.org

Lost Horse Press
Idaho Prize for Poetry
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Lost Horse Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit at least 48 pages of poetry with a $25 entry fee by May 15. Visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Lost Horse Press, Idaho Prize for Poetry, 105 Lost Horse Lane, Sandpoint, ID 83864. (208) 255-4410.
losthorsepress@mindspring.com
www.losthorsepress.org

Maine Arts Commission
Individual Artist Fellowship
A fellowship of $13,000 is awarded annually to a writer who is a resident of Maine. Poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who are not enrolled as full-time students in a field related to literary arts are eligible. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than 20 pages or up to 20 pages of prose by June 12. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for the required entry form and complete guidelines. (See Recent Winners.)
Maine Arts Commission, Individual Artist Fellowship, 193 State Street, 25 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0025. (207) 287-2726. Donna McNeil, Director.
donna.mcneil@maine.gov
www.mainearts.com

Mexico
FIL Prize in Romance Languages
A prize of $150,000 is given annually to honor a writer who writes in Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, Italian, French, Galician, or Roumanian. Writers who have produced noteworthy work in poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction are eligible. The prize is awarded by a consortium of Mexican government agencies, universities, and banks. Cultural or educational institutions, associations, or groups interested in literature may nominate a candidate; individuals may not apply. Submit the writer’s curriculum vitae and a letter of support by June 15. There is no entry fee. Call or e-mail for complete guidelines.
Mexico, FIL Prize in Romance Languages, Guadalajara International Book Fair, Avenida Alemania 1370, Guadalajara, 44190 Jalisco, Mexico. (212) 650-7925. David Unger, U.S. Coordinator.
filny@aol.com
www.fil.com.mx/ingles/i_index.asp

Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund
Individual Artist Grants for Women
Grants of $500 to $1,500 each are given twice yearly to feminist writers. Women poets and creative nonfiction writers who are citizens of the United States or Canada are eligible for the June deadline. Submit three copies of a manuscript of up to 25 pages, a project description, and a resumé with a $20 entry fee during the month of June. Send an SASE for the required entry form and complete guidelines.
(See Recent Winners.)
Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Individual Artist Grants for Women, P.O. Box 309, Wilton, NH 03086. Susan Pliner, Executive Director.

Narrative Magazine
Poetry Contest
A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative Magazine will be given annually for a poem or group of poems. All entries will be considered for publication. The poetry editors will judge. Submit up to five poems with a $15 entry fee by July 15. Visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Narrative Magazine, Poetry Contest, P.O. Box 29272, San Francisco, CA 94129. Tom Jenks, Editor.
www.narrativemagazine.com

National Book Foundation
National Book Awards
Three prizes of $10,000 each are awarded annually to honor a book of poetry, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction written by U.S. writers and published in the United States during the eligibility year. Four finalists in each category receive $1,000. Publishers may submit an entry form by June 15. Books, bound galleys, or bound manuscripts scheduled for publication between December 1, 2008, and November 30, 2009, may be submitted to judges and to the National Book Foundation by August 17. The entry fee is $125. Call or e-mail for the required entry form and complete guidelines.
National Book Foundation, National Book Awards, 95 Madison Avenue, Suite 709, New York, NY 10016. (212) 685-0261.
nationalbook@nationalbook.org
www.nationalbook.org

New England Poetry Club
Daniel Varoujan Award
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a single poem in honor of Daniel Varoujan, an Armenian poet killed in the genocide in Turkey in 1915. Submit up to three poems with a $10 entry fee ($3 for each additional poem) by May 31. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for complete guidelines. (See Recent Winners.)
New England Poetry Club, Daniel Varoujan Award, c/o Contest Coordinator, P.O. Box 190076, Boston, MA 02119.
www.nepoetryclub.org/contests.htm

New Letters
Literary Awards
Three awards of $1,500 each and publication in New Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. The New Letters Prize is given for a group of three to six poems, the Alexander Patterson Cappon Prize is given for a short story, and the Dorothy Churchill Cappon Prize is given for an essay. All entries will be considered for publication. Submit up to six poems or no more than 8,000 words of prose with a $15 entry fee, which includes a one-year subscription to New Letters, by May 18. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
New Letters, Literary Awards, University of Missouri, 5101 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110.
www.newletters.org

New Millennium Writings
New Millennium Awards
Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the 2009 issue of New Millennium Writings and on the journal’s Web site are given for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and a work of creative nonfiction that have not appeared in a publication with a circulation over 5,000. Prizes are given twice yearly, in the spring and the fall. Submit three poems totaling no more than five pages or up to 6,000 words of prose (or 1,000 words for a short short story) with a $17 entry fee by June 17. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for complete guidelines. (See Recent Winners.)
New Millennium Writings, New Millennium Awards, Room M2, P.O. Box 2463, Knoxville, TN 37901.
Don Williams, Editor.
www.newmillenniumwritings.com

University of North Texas Press
Katherine Anne Porter Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by the University of North Texas Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Submit a manuscript of 100 to 200 pages with a $25 entry fee by June 30. Visit the Web site for complete guidelines. (See Recent Winners.)
University of North Texas Press, Katherine Anne Porter Prize, Department of English, University of Texas at Arlington, 203 Carlisle Hall, P.O. Box 19035, Arlington, TX 76019. Laura Kopchick, General Editor.
web3.unt.edu/untpress/contest.cfm

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Web site wagingpeace.org is given annually for a single poem. Submit two copies of up to three poems of no more than 30 lines each with a $15 entry fee by July 1. Send an SASE, call, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines. (See Recent Winners.)
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Award, P.O. Box 121, 1187 Coast Village Road, Suite 1, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2794. (805) 965-3443.
www.wagingpeace.org/menu/programs/awards-&-contests/bmk-contest

Oberlin College Press
FIELD Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Oberlin College Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee, which includes a one-year subscription to FIELD: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, by May 31. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Oberlin College Press, FIELD Poetry Prize, 50 North Professor Street, Oberlin, OH 44074. (440) 775-8408. Linda Slocum, Managing Editor.
oc.press@oberlin.edu

www.oberlin.edu/ocpress

Omnidawn Publishing
Poetry Prize
A prize of $2,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given for a first or second poetry collection. Ann Lauterbach will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 70 pages with a $25 entry fee, which includes a copy of any book from the Omnidawn catalogue, by June 30. Visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Omnidawn Publishing, Poetry Prize, 311 Monterey Street, Vallejo, CA 94590. (510) 237-5472. Rusty Morrison and Ken Keegan, Coeditors.
www.omnidawn.com

University of Pittsburgh Press
Drue Heinz Literature Prize
A prize of $15,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. The prize is open to writers who have previously published a book of fiction or a minimum of three short stories or novellas in nationally distributed magazines. Submit a manuscript of 150 to 300 pages by June 30. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
University of Pittsburgh Press, Drue Heinz Literature Prize, Eureka Building, 5th Floor, 3400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. (412) 383-2456.
www.upress.pitt.edu

Pulitzer Prizes
Prizes in Letters
Three prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers to honor books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the United States during the preceding year. For books published between January 1 and June 14 submit four copies of the book, an author biography and photograph, and a $50 entry fee by June 15. The deadline for books published during the second half of the year is October 15. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for the required entry form and complete guidelines.
Pulitzer Prizes, Prizes in Letters, 709 Journalism Building, 2950 Broadway, Mail Code 3865, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027. (212) 854-3841. Sig Gissler, Prize Board Administrator.
pulitzer@pulitzer.org
www.pulitzer.org

Sonia Raiziss-Giop Foundation
Bordighera Poetry Prize
A prize of $2,000 and bilingual publication by Bordighera Press is given annually for a poetry collection written in English to be translated into Italian. The cash prize is evenly divided between the poet, who must be a U.S. citizen of identifiable Italian descent, and the translator, who need not be a U.S. citizen. The poet may translate his or her own work. Patricia Fargnoli will judge. Submit two copies of 10 pages of poetry in English or in both English and Italian by May 31. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Sonia Raiziss-Giop Foundation, Bordighera Poetry Prize, c/o The Calandra Italian American Institute, City University of New York, 25 West 43rd Street, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10036. Daniela Gioseffi and Alfredo DePalchi, Coordinators.
daniela@garden.net
www.italianamericanwriters.com/prize.html

River Styx
International Poetry Contest
A prize of $1,500 and publication in River Styx is given annually for a single poem. Stephen Dunn will judge. All entries will be considered for publication. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 14 pages with a $20 entry fee, which includes a one-year subscription to River Styx, by May 31. Visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
River Styx, International Poetry Contest, 3547 Olive Street, Suite 107, St. Louis, MO 63103.
www.riverstyx.org

Santa Fe Writers Project
Literary Awards
A prize of $1,750 is given annually for a work of fiction or creative nonfiction. Two second-place prizes of $1,000 each are also given. All entries will be considered for publication by SFWP Press. Pagan Kennedy will judge. Submit up to 25 pages of prose with a $25 entry fee, or $20 for students, by July 15. Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Santa Fe Writers Project, Literary Awards, 369 Montezuma Avenue, #350, Santa Fe, NM 87501. Andrew Gifford, Director.
lap@sfwp.com
www.sfwpawards.com

Snake Nation Press
Violet Reed Haas Poetry Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Snake Nation Press will be given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 75 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by June 30. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines. (See Recent Winners.)
Snake Nation Press, Violet Reed Haas Poetry Award, 2920 North Oak Street, Valdosta, GA 31602. Roberta George and Jean Arambula, Editors.
rgeorge@snakenationpress.org
snakenationpress.org

Southern Poetry Review
Guy Owen Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southern Poetry Review is given annually for a single poem. All entries will be considered for publication. Submit three to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages with a $15 entry fee, which includes a one-year subscription to Southern Poetry Review, by June 15. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Southern Poetry Review, Guy Owen Prize, Department of Languages, Literature, and Philosophy, Armstrong Atlantic State University, 11935 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31419-1997.
www.spr.armstrong.edu

St. Francis College
Literary Prize
A prize of $50,000 will be given biennially to honor a fourth book of fiction. Michael Chabon, Heidi Julavits, Jonathan Letham, Ben Marcus, and Ayelet Waldman will judge. Submit six copies of a short story collection or novel by July 1. There is no entry fee. E-mail or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
St. Francis College, Literary Prize, Academic Dean’s Office, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Ian Maloney, Contact.
imaloney@stfranciscollege.edu
www.stfranciscollege.edu/literaryprize

The Story Prize
A prize of $20,000 is given annually to honor an outstanding collection of short fiction written in English and first published in the United States. Two runners-up will receive $5,000. Larry Dark and Julie Lindsey will select the three finalists; three independent judges will choose the winner. Publishers, authors, or agents may submit five copies of a book published between January 1 and June 30, two copies of the entry form, and a $75 entry fee by July 15. The deadline for books published during the second half of the year is November 16. Visit the Web site for the required entry form and complete guidelines. (See Recent Winners.)
The Story Prize, 41 Watchung Plaza, #384, Montclair, NJ 07042. Larry Dark, Director.
info@thestoryprize.org
www.thestoryprize.org

Teachers & Writers Collaborative
Bechtel Prize
A prize of $1,500 and publication in Teachers & Writers magazine is given annually for an essay that relates to creative writing education, literary studies, or the profession of writing. Submit an essay of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee by June 30. Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Teachers & Writers Collaborative, Bechtel Prize, 520 Eighth Avenue, Suite 2020, New York, NY 10018. (888) 266-5789.
bechtel@twc.org
www.twc.org/publications/bechtel-prize

Towson University
Prize for Literature
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a writer who has lived in Maryland for at least three years and is currently a resident. Books published within the past three years or scheduled for publication in 2008 are eligible. Publishers, institutions, or individuals may submit three copies of a book or manuscript by June 15. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for the required entry form and complete guidelines. (See Recent Winners.)
Towson University, Prize for Literature, English Department, Towson, MD 21252-0001. (410) 704-2871. Edwin Duncan, Chair of English.
eduncan@towson.edu

www.towson.edu/english/index.asp

Winning Writers
War Poetry Contest
A prize of $2,000 and publication on the Web site winningwriters.com is given annually for a single poem on the theme of war. Jendi Reiter will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $15 entry fee by May 31. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines. (See Recent Winners.)
Winning Writers, War Poetry Contest, 351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222, Northampton, MA 01060-3961. (866) 946-9748. Adam Cohen, President.
adam@winningwriters.com
www.winningwriters.com/war

The Writer
Short Story Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Writer magazine will be given annually for a short story. Submit two copies of a story of up to 2,000 words with a $10 entry fee by May 31. Visit the Web site for the required entry form and complete guidelines.
The Writer, Short Story Contest, P.O. Box 1612, Waukesha, WI 53187-1612.
www.writermag.com/2009contest

Writer’s Digest
Annual Writing Competition
A prize of $3,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to meet with editors and agents is given annually for a poem, short story, or work of creative nonfiction. Submit a poem of up to 32 lines, a short story of up to 4,000 words, or a work of creative nonfiction of up to 2,000 words. The entry fee for poetry is $15 ($10 for each additional poem). The entry fee for prose is $20 ($15 for each additional entry). The deadline is May 15. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the Web site for the required entry form and complete guidelines.
Writer’s Digest, Annual Writing Competition, 700 East State Street, Iola, WI 54990.
writing-competition@fwpubs.com
www.writersdigest.com/contests

penpaperFrom Poets & Writers Magazine:

May 15
Boulevard
Emerging Poets Contest

Lost Horse Press
Idaho Prize for Poetry

Writer’s Digest
Annual Writing Competition

May 18
New Letters
Literary Awards

May 30
Gival Press
Novel Award

May 31
University of Georgia Press
Flannery O’Connor Awards

Glimmer Train Press
Short Story Award for New Writers

New England Poetry Club
Daniel Varoujan Award

Oberlin College Press
FIELD Poetry Prize

Sonia Raiziss-Giop Foundation
Bordighera Poetry Prize

River Styx
International Poetry Contest

Winning Writers
War Poetry Contest

The Writer
Short Story Contest

June 1
American-Scandinavian Foundation
Translation Prizes

Boston Review
Poetry Contest

University of California
Chicano/Latino Literary Prize

Emergency Press
Book Contest

Indiana Review
‘1/2 K’ Prize

Leeway Foundation
Art and Change Grants

June 12
Artist Trust
Literature Fellowships

Maine Arts Commission
Individual Artist Fellowship

June 15
Academy of American Poets
Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

University of Akron Press
Akron Poetry Prize

Bitter Oleander Press
Frances Locke Memorial Poetry Award

Mexico
FIL Prize in Romance Languages

National Book Foundation
National Book Awards

Pulitzer Prizes
Prizes in Letters

Southern Poetry Review
Guy Owen Prize

Towson University
Prize for Literature

June 17
New Millennium Writings
New Millennium Awards

June 26
Literary Arts
Oregon Literary Fellowships

June 30
ABZ Press
First Book Prize

Astraea Foundation
Lesbian Writers Fund

Autumn House Press
Poetry and Fiction Contests

Barrow Street Press
Book Contest

Bridport Arts Centre
The Bridport Prize

Finishing Line Press
Open Chapbook Competition

Glimmer Train Press
Fiction Open

Hidden River Arts
William Van Wert Fiction Award

Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund
Individual Artist Grants for Women

University of North Texas Press
Katherine Anne Porter Prize

Omnidawn Publishing
Poetry Prize

University of Pittsburgh Press
Drue Heinz Literature Prize

Snake Nation Press
Violet Reed Haas Poetry Award

Teachers & Writers Collaborative
Bechtel Prize

July 1
Alehouse Press
Happy Hour Poetry Award

Blue Mountain Center
Richard J. Margolis Award

Comstock Review
Muriel Craft Bailey Award

Crab Orchard Series in Poetry
First Book Award

Grub Street
Nonfiction Book Prize

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Award

St. Francis College
Literary Prize

July 3
Frost Place
Resident Poet Award

July 15
Bard College
Bard Fiction Prize

Literal Latté
Poetry Award

Narrative Magazine
Poetry Contest

Santa Fe Writers Project
Literary Awards

The Story Prize

walterbargenWalter Bargen is the Poet Laureate of Missouri, the first person to hold that post since its creation by Governor Matt Blunt in January, 2008. He has published numerous books of poems: Fields of Thenar, Mysteries in the Public Domain, Yet Other Waters, The Vertical River, Rising Water: Reflections on the Year of the Great Flood, At The Dead Center Of Day, Water Breathing Air, Harmonic Balance, Feast: Prose Poem Sequences, Remedies for Vertigo, and Theban Traffic. His poetry and fiction have appeared in over one hundred magazines, including American Literary Review, American Letters & Commentary, Beloit Poetry Journal, Denver Quarterly, Georgia Review, International Quarterly, Missouri Review, New Letters, New Novel Review, Pleiades, Poetry Northwest, River Styx, Seneca Review, Sycamore Review, and Witness.  He is the recipient of a National Endowment for theArts poetry fellowship (1991); winner of the Quarter After Eight Prose Prize (1996), the Hanks Prize (1996), and the Chester H. Jones Foundation poetry prize (1997).

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Links:

Walter Bargen’s Web Page

Beirut Reading Audio Clip (MP3 audio file)

Civilized Sacrifice Reading Audio Clip (MP3 audio file)

Icebound Reading Audio Clip (MP3 audio file)

“Map to the Party” Audio Clip (MP3 audio file)

New Letters on the Air: Missouri Poet Laureate Walter Bargen – KCUR radio interview with Walter Bargen

Poetry gets wings: Missouri’s first-ever poet laureate will spread the word MizzouWire interview with video.

An Interview with Walter Bargen, First Poet Laureate of Missouri – from BkMk Press

Arts on Monday: A talk with Missouri’s Poet Laureate, Ashland native Walter BargenThinking Out Loud interview in MP3 audio format

Words of Joyful Power – Walter Bargen interviewed by Annie Nelson. Includes a number of MP3 audio clips

Missouri’s first poet laureate moves poetry toward the center of society – St. Louis Beacon article by Elia Powers

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Poems On-Line:

Visual Appeal

In These Times

Results and Prospects

Paperwork

To Put By

Around the Flat World

Circus of Stares

CONJUGATING ANATOMIES

Dissolving

Stupid Dead

DOMINO COFFEE SHOP

Conversation

Sparrows

Rising Flocks

Chinese Boxes

ZOONOTIC

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joycesutphenJoyce Sutphen lives in Chaska, Minnesota and teaches at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. She is the author of Naming the Stars (2003), Straight Out of View (Beacon Press, 1995), winner of the 1994 Barnard New Women Poets Prize, and Coming Back to the Body (Holy Cow! Press, 2000). Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, Water~Stone, Hayden’s Ferry, Shenandoah, Luna, and others.

 

 Reviews:

 Sutphen’s Coming Back to the Body is a powerful yet gentle recollection of the author’s past, beginning with life on the farm and meandering its way to her present state. As her tone and emphasis changes from page to page, you begin to develop a sense of the spectrum of her spiritual being. She takes you from childhood naivety, casually to heart wrenching loss and frustrating regret. What I found to be the most powerful in her writing was that at certain points in the book, one poem stands out as a crossroads for several previous threads that explodes with the depths of meaning one finds in Shakespeare. When you come across these poems, you will be very well aware of the author’s genius. A beautiful and touching read.

 — , Book Reviewer, Amazon.com

 

Sutphen’s poetry can hit you like a bright sunset after a day of gloomy rain. Although she claims in one poem to be burning the woods of her childhood tree by tree, she proceeds to show the subtle pleasures of growing up on a midwestern farm and briefly resurrect friends who have since passed out of her life. Elsewhere, she takes such luminaries as Plath, Yeats, Eliot, and Socrates as subjects without ever losing the controlled energy and observant eye that make her more personal poems so powerful. Her words and images fly, but not out of view. It is possible to appreciate the grace and sweep of every poem without any sacrifice of meaning; each poem raises its wings and leaves us grateful for such poetic flight.

 

Elizabeth Gunderson, Booklist

 

Sutphen’s first collection, awarded the 1994 Barnard New Women Poets Prize, reveals a poet of place whose assured, straightforward style seems sprung from the Minnesota farmlands where she was raised: melodious language disarmingly combined with a wry practicality towards the business of poetry. Her subject matter, however, extends beyond the homegrown, moving from the sudden disaster of “Tornado Warning” to sweeping landscapes of the American West to London, where in gentler tones she confronts Sylvia Plath through the medium of poetry. Sutphen’s voice is refreshing in that she examines the everyday without being overtly confessional, often capturing emotion with swift (sometimes too swift) imagistic strokes. Throughout she attends closely to the internal realities of quite ordinary existence: “It bothered my sense of symmetry to notice how a perfectly/ unplanned life could take on such an intricate pattern.”

 

— Publisher’s Weekly

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Links:

 Joyce Sutphen’s Professorial Profile – Associate Professor of English, Gustavus Adolphus College

 Good Thunder Reading Series – from the Minnesota State University Department of English. These are MP3 audio files. You can listen to an interview with Joyce Sutphen here. Hear a talk presented by Joyce Sutphen here.

 

Straight Out of View Joyce Sutphen’s first book reviewed by Chris Lott

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 Poems On-Line:

 Crossroads

 A Kind of Villanelle

 All Reason and No Rhyme

 At the Moment

 Casino

 Evening Angelus

 Ever After

 In Black

 Key of Dust

 Living in the Body

 Naming the Stars

 Older, Younger, Both

 Sometimes Never

 The Exorcism

 The Farm

 From the 16th Floor

 Winter’s Night

 Some Glad Morning

Soundings

Getting the Machine

Semi-Literate

Girl on a Tractor

In the Beginning

The Day

Things You Didn’t Put On Your Resumé

Guys Like That

Secret Agent Man

The Book of Hours

The Wordsworth Effect

The Shop

My Brother’s Hat

After, Always After

Seeing, Up Close Again

Death, Inc.

As Time Always Does

Homesteading

The Peaches

High Heels

stephen_dobynsStephen Dobyns has published ten books of poetry and twenty novels. His books of poetry include Pallbearers Envying the One Who Rides (Penguin, 1999); Common Carnage (1996); Velocities: New and Selected Poems, 1966-1992 (1994); Cemetery Nights (1987), which won a Melville Cane Award; Black Dog, Red Dog (1984), which was a winner in the National Poetry Series; Heat Death (1980); and Concurring Beasts (1972), which was the 1972 Lamont Poetry Selection of The Academy of American Poets. His most recent novels are Boy in the Water (Holt/Metropolitan, 1999), The Church of Dead Girls (1997), Saratoga Fleshpot (1995), The Wrestler’s Cruel Study (1993), and Saratoga Haunting (1993). His novels have been translated into more than ten languages. Dobyns is also the author of a collection of short stories, Eating Naked (2000) and a book of essays, Best Words, Best Order (1996). Among his many honors and awards are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. He has taught at a number of colleges and universities, including the University of Iowa and Boston University. Stephen Dobyns lives in Boston with his wife and three children.

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Links:

Cortland Review Interview with Stephen Dobyns – text with a selection of audio clips

Sidelights – Informative Biography Research Center article on Stephen Dobyns

The Afterlife: Letter to Stephen Dobyns II – Hayden Carruth’s poem written TO Stephen Dobyns, from American Poetry Review

The Muse and the Contemporary Classic – Scholarly article on the work of Stephen Dobyns by Dana Wilde, from The Antigonish.

An Interview with Stephen Dobyns – From Ploughshares, interviewed by Laure-Anne Bosselaar

Stephen Dobyns Discusses The Church of Dead Girls – Interviewed by Joseph Mallozzi

Alsop Review Interview with Stephen Dobyns

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Poems On-Line:

Yellow Beak

Loud Music

The Dark and Turbulent Sea

How to Like It

Favorite Iraqi Soldier

In A Row

It’s Like This

Spite

[Over a cup of coffee]

Waking

Where We Are (after Bede)

Santiago: Five Men in the Street: Number One

Sloth

The Body’s Curse

Spiritual Chickens

Bravado

Freight Cars

No Map

Cezanne’s Outrageousness

Long Story

Santiago: Forestal Park

Why Fool Around?

Thus He Endured

Thelonious Monk

The Invitations Overhead

The Casualties of April

When a Friend

Being Happy

Funeral

Folk Tales

The Music One Looks Back On

Cezanne and the Love of Color

Confession

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billycollinsWilliam “Billy” Collins served two terms as the Poet Laureate of the United States, from 2001 to 2003. In his home state, Collins has been recognized as a Literary Lion of the New York Public Library (1992) and selected as the New York State Poet for 2004. He was recently appointed Claire Berman Artist in Residence at The Roxbury Latin School, in West Roxbury, MA. He is a distinguished professor at Lehman College of the City University of New York. His books of poetry include Sailing Alone Around the Room (Random House, 2001); Picnic, Lightning (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1998); The Art of Drowning (1995), which was a Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize finalist; Questions About Angels (1991), a National Poetry Series selection by Edward Hirsch; The Apple That Astonished Paris (1988); Video Poems (1980); and Pokerface (1977). In 2005 Collins was the first annual recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for Humor in Poetry, bestowed by the Poetry Foundation (Poetry Magazine). He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation in 1993, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Collins served as judge for the 2005 Brittingham Prize in Poetry.

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Links:

Audio recording of Billy Collins reading at the 2003 Key West Literary Seminar

Poetry Matters: Q&A With Professor Billy Collins – Billy Collins interviewed by Nabil Rahman

11 animated poems read aloud by Billy Collins – This is a MUST SEE! The animated shorts that started the poetry video revolution!

Watch Billy Collins recite his work at Open-Door Poetry

33 poems read aloud by Billy Collins, no charge (Creative Commons)

A Brisk Walk: An interview with Billy Collins – From Guernica Magazine

Billy Collins, Bringing Poetry to the Public – Interview by Dave Weich

Billy Collins on National Poetry Month – NPR’s Renee Montagne speaks with Billy Collins on the occasion of National Poetry Month. Collins reads two poems — one war-related, one not — and explains how poetry of any kind is useful when coping with difficult situations like the war in Iraq.

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Poems On-Line:

Aristotle

Canada

Creatures

Design

Forgetfulness

Her

Introduction to Poetry

Irish Poetry

Litany

Madmen

Man in Space

Morning

No Time

Nostalgia

Print

Questions About Angels

Reading an Anthology of Chinese Poems of the Sung Dynasty, I Pause To Admire the Length and Clarity of Their Titles

Silence

Snow Day

Study in Orange and White

The Breather

The Chairs That No One Sits In

The Death of Allegory

The Parade

The Wires of the Night

Today

Workshop

Writing in the Afterlife

Fishing on the Susquehanna in July

Forgetfulness

Introduction to Poetry

Litany

Some Days

The First Night

The Golden Years

Workshop

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