2018 Prize Winner
Chelsea Wagenaar is the author of Mercy Spurs the Bone, selected by Philip Levine as the 2013 winner of the Philip Levine Prize. She holds a BA from the University of Virginia and a PhD from the University of North Texas. Her work has appeared in The Southern Review, Gulf Coast, Crazyhorse, and many others. Wagenaar teaches at Valparaiso University in Indiana, where she lives with her husband, Mark, and their two children.
2017 Prize Winner
Marty McConnell is the author of wine for a shotgun (EM Press, 2013) and Gathering Voices: Creating a Community-Based Poetry Workshop (YesYes Books, 2018). She is the co-creator of underbelly, an online magazine focused on the art and magic of poetry revision. An MFA graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Best American Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, and Indiana Review. She lives in Chicago with her wife, visual artist Lindsey Dorr-Niro.
2016 Prize Winner
Ruth Awad has an MFA in poetry from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and is the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. Her work has appeared in The New Republic, The Missouri Review, The Adroit Journal, Sixth Finch, Diode, Rattle, Vinyl Poetry, Drunken Boat, CALYX, and in the anthologies The Hundred Years' War: Modern War Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2014), New Poetry from the Midwest 2014 (New American Press, 2015), and Poets on Growth (Math Paper Press, 2015). She won the 2012 and 2013 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize and the 2011 Copper Nickel Poetry Contest, and she was a finalist for the 2013 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship. She lives in Columbus, Ohio.
2015 Prize Winner
Annie Kim is a graduate of Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers and the recipient of a fellowship from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Her poems appear in journals such as Mudlark, Ninth Letter, Asian American Literary Review, and DMQ Review. Cyclorama, her first poetry collection, was also selected as a finalist for the 2015 Brittingham/Felix Pollak Prizes in Poetry and the Kundiman Poetry Prize. She lives with her husband in Charlottesville, Virginia, and works at the University of Virginia School of Law as the Assistant Dean for Public Service.
2014 Prize Winners
Dennis Hinrichsen is the author of seven books of poetry. His most recent are Rip-tooth (2010 Tampa Poetry Prize) and Kurosawa's Dog (2008 FIELD Poetry Prize). An earlier work, Detail from The Garden of Earthly Delights, was awarded the 1999 Akron Poetry Prize. New work of his can be found in Basalt, Hunger Mountain, Memorious, the museum of americana, Sou'wester, as well as the anthology Poetry in Michigan/Michigan in Poetry from New Issues Press. Hinrichsen lives in Lansing, Michigan.
Hannah Faith Notess is the author of Ghost House, a chapbook of poems (Floating Bridge Press, 2013) and editor of Jesus Girls: True Tales of Growing Up Female and Evangelical (Cascade Books, 2009). She earned an MFA from Indiana University, and her poems have appeared in Rattle, Slate, Los Angeles Review, and Image, among other journals. She is the managing editor of Seattle Pacific University's Response magazine and lives in Seattle with her family.
2013 Prize Winner
Doug Ramspeck is the author of four previous poetry collections. His most recent book, Mechanical Fireflies (2011), received the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize. His first book, Black Tupelo Country (BkMk Press, 2008), received the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry. His poems have appeared in journals that include Slate, The Kenyon Review, The Georgia Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and AGNI. He is the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. Ramspeck teaches creative writing and directs the Writing Center at The Ohio State University at Lima.