Furious Flower Announces 2018 Poetry Prize Winners

In February of this year, we launched the first annual Furious Flower Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers for which we received over 100 entries from around the country. Poet and author Marilyn Nelson served as judge, selecting the winning poem and honorable mention. Heather Treseler of Newton, MA, whose work has appeared in the Harvard Review, Missouri Review, Southern Poetry Review, Boston Review, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, submitted the winning poem titled "Beaux Arts." Keith Wilson of Chicago, IL is an Affrilachian Poet, Cave Canem fellow, and graduate of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, and his poem "53rd Street" was selected as the Honorable Mention. Come see and hear them read their winning poems along with Marilyn Nelson who will read a selection of her poems at our second Spring Poetry Reading on April 10! 

FURIOUS FLOWER POETRY PRIZE READING

WHEN: TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2018

TIME: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

LOCATION: Highlands Room in the Festival Conference & Student Center  (directions and map)

This event is free and open to the public. Find parking information at the bottom of this page.

Poetry Prize Winner Heather.

WINNER Heather Treseler of Newton, MA.

Heather Treseler is a poet and essayist whose work has appeared in Harvard Review, Missouri Review, Southern Poetry Review, Boston Review, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among other journals, and in four books about postwar American poetry. Recipient of the George I. Alden Award for Excellence in Teaching (2017), she is an associate professor at Worcester State University, where she teaches creative writing and American literature, and a visiting research associate at Brandeis University’s Women’s Studies Research Center, where she is working on a manuscript of poems, “Thesaurus for a Year of Desire.” Her work has received support from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Poetry Prize Runner Up Keith

HONORABLE MENTION Keith Wilson of Chicago, IL. 

Keith S. Wilson is an Affrilachian Poet, Cave Canem fellow, and graduate of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. He has received three scholarships from Bread Loaf as well as scholarships from MacDowell, UCross, Millay Colony, and the Vermont Studio Center, among others. Keith serves as Assistant Poetry Editor at Four Way Review and Digital Media Editor at Obsidian Journal. Keith's first book, Fieldnotes on Ordinary Love, will be published by Copper Canyon in 2019.

Congratulations are also in order for our finalists:

Erin Batiste (Sout Pasadena, CA)

Latorial Faison (Chester, VA)

Amy Trotter (Bowie, MD)

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