Saturday, August 25, 2012

Winners in the 2012 Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest

Local poets fared well in the 39th annual Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest!

The winners and honorable mentions for the 2012 Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest are in, and among them and the finalists in both categories are a number of QC-based poets. Here is the list of winners:

NATIONAL (Judge: Nate Pritts)

1st Place: Carrie Nassif, "In the beginning I had breathed other air"

2nd Place: Steve Danos, "On Abandoning Grandeur"

3rd Place: Steve Biehler of Port Byron, IL, "Midwest Vision in February"

Honorable Mention: Nicole Borg, "Balboa Park, 1999"

Stan Zubiel, "Isaac Hill Cemetery"

REGIONAL (Judge: Chad Parmenter)

1st Place: Salita Bryant, "Persephone in Love"

2nd Place: Kat Stromquist, "Known Knowns and Known Unknowns"

3rd Place: Kate Hutchinson, "The Park District Honors Gloria Groves for Twenty Years of Service"

Honorable Mention: Salita Bryant, "Near the River Where Water is Born"

Joan Wiese Johannes, "On Learning That the Earth Has Shifted on its Axis"

Mary Louise Holton, "Darfur"

1st through 3rd Place winners all receive cash awards. All of these poems, along with the other 50-plus regional and national finalists (including area poets Joseph Burrows, Salvatore Marici, Paul Shumaker, Gayle Rein) will be published in the annual anthology Off Channel (Midwest Writing Center Press). Off Channel will be released Thursday, October 4th at 6:00 p.m. at the Midwest Writing Center (225 E. 2nd St., Suite 303, Davenport), and will feature readings from local poets published in the anthology. The event will be free and open to the public, and copies of Off Channel will be available for purchase.

For more information about this event, the Off Channel anthology and the Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest, please contact Ryan Collins at the Midwest Writing Center, (563) 324-1410,

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