The Midwest Writing Center has announced the regional and national winners of its 2011 Mississippi Valley Poetry Chapbook Contest. Sandra Marchetti was selected as the Regional Winner for her collection The Canopy, and Monica Wendel was selected as the National Winner for her collection Call it a Window. Their collections were selected by guest judges Erin Bertram, regional judge, and Ann Hudson, national judge. The chapbooks are scheduled for release in February.
Sandra Marchetti currently tutors and teaches interdisciplinary studies, literature, and writing at Elmhurst College and Aurora University, outside of her native Chicago. She completed her MFA in Poetry at George Mason University in 2010. She was a finalist in Gulf Coast’s 2011 Poetry Prize and Phoebe’s 2009 Greg Grummer Poetry Contest. Her poems have appeared in Phoebe, Spiral Orb, Nolos, The North Central Review, and Tributaries, and was a featured poet in Spurt Literary Magazine’s premiere issue. She also has poems forthcoming in The Journal, dirtcakes, and The River Oak Review.
Monica Wendel is a visiting instructor of composition at St. Thomas Aquinas College. She holds an MFA in poetry writing from NYU, where she received Goldwater and Starworks teaching fellowships, and a BA in philosophy from the State University of New York at Geneseo. Her poetry has appeared in the Bellevue Literary Review, Drunken Boat, Forklift Ohio, H_NGM_N, InDigest, Limestone, Spoon River Poetry Review, and other journals. Originally from Long Island, she lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
The Mississippi Valley Poetry Chapbook Competition annually invites submissions for the selection of a regional (Illinois and Iowa) poet's collection and a national poet's collection to be published in chapbook form by MWC Press. Submissions must be postmarked between May 1 and July 31 each year. Past winners include Ryan Walsh, Meghan Brinson, and Stephen Frech.