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Sue Saniel Elkind Poetry Contest
The winners of the fifth annual Sue Saniel Elkind Poetry Prize are
Sharon Cumberland of Seattle for her poem "Before" and Ruth L. Schwartz of
Oakland, California, for "Gravity." They shared $1,000, and their poems appeared
in the Summer issue of Kalliope: a journal of women's literature & art.
Maxine Kumin was the judge.
The prize is given annually for a poem by a woman.
Kalliope, Sue Saniel Elkind Poetry Contest, Florida Community
College at Jacksonville, 3939 Roosevelt Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32205.
Mary Sue Koeppel, Editor.
AMY LOWELL POETRY TRAVELING SCHOLARSHIP
Elizabeth Macklin of New York City received the 1998-1999 Amy Lowell
Poetry Traveling Scholarship. She will receive approximately $30,000 and
spend a year overseas. Macklin's most recent collection is A Woman Kneeling
in New York City (Norton, 1992).
The scholarship is given annually to a U.S.-born poet to spend one
year outside North America in a country the recipient feels will most advance
his or her work.
Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship, Choate, Hall &
Stewart, Exchange Place, 53 State Street, Boston, MA 02109-2891. (617) 248-5000.
F. Davis Dassori.
THE JOHN D. AND CATHERINE T. MacARTHUR FOUNDATION
1998 MacArthur Fellowships
Two poets and two fiction writers are among this year's 29 MacArthur
Foundation Fellowship recipients. Poet Linda Bierds of Bainbridge Island,
Washington, will receive $320,000; her most recent collection is The Profile
Makers (Henry Holt, 1997). Poet Edward Hirsch of Houston, Texas, will receive
$295,000; he is the author of For the Sleepwalkers (Carnegie Mellon University
Press, 1998) and On Love (Knopf, 1998). Charles Johnson of Seattle will receive
$305,000; he is the author of Middle Passage (Atheneum, 1990), which won
the 1990 National Book Award. Ishmael Reed of Oakland, California, will receive
$355,000; his most recent novel is Japanese by Spring (Macmillan,
MacArthur Fellows receive stipends ranging from $220,000 to $375,000
over five years, depending on the age of the recipient. Fellows are free
to use the awards as they wish; they are also offered health insurance.
Individuals cannot apply for MacArthur Fellowships; a group of more than
100 anonymous nominators propose names to the foundation.
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, MacArthur
Fellowships, Public Information Office, 5520 North Magnolia Avenue, Chicago,
IL 60640-1307. (312) 728-6996.
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS PRESS
1998 Juniper Prize
Karen Donovan of Riverside, Rhode Island, won the $1,000 Juniper Prize
for her poetry collection Born in This Ruin, which will be published by the
University of Massachusetts Press in the spring of 1999.
The award was given to a poet who has not previously published a book.
The prize alternates annually between a first book of poetry and subsequent
books of poetry.
University of Massachusetts Press, Juniper Prize, Amherst, MA
01003. (413) 545-2217. Chris Hammel, Assistant Editor.
NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS
Literary Publishing Grants
The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded 47 grants totaling
$1,147,900 to arts organizations in the discipline of literature. This year's
grants were divided into four grant categories: Creation & Presentation,
Education & Access, Heritage & Preservation, and Planning &
Creation & Presentation Grants help create a broad range of new
artistic work and support the public presentation of arts. The awards went
to Antioch Review, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio ($5,000); Aunt Lute
Foundation, San Francisco ($40,000); Bamboo Ridge Press, Honolulu ($15,000);
BOA Editions, Ltd., Rochester, New York ($20,000); Coffee House Press,
Minneapolis ($60,000); Conjunctions Magazine at Bard College,
Annandale-on-Hudson, New York ($5,000); Council of Literary Magazines and
Presses (fiscal agent for The Paris Review), New York City ($5,000); Curbstone
Press, Willimantic, Connecticut ($20,000); Graywolf Press, St. Paul, Minnesota
($30,000); Guild Complex, Chicago ($10,000); Hawaii Literary Arts Council,
Honolulu ($5,000); Hostos Community Advisory Council (fiscal agent for Latin
American Writers Institute), Bronx, New York ($18,000); Hudson Valley Writers'
Center, Inc., Sleepy Hollow, New York ($5,000); Intersection, San Francisco
($14,000); Island Institute, Sitka, Alaska ($27,000); Kelsey Street Press,
Berkeley ($5,000); Latin American Literary Review Press, Pittsburgh ($20,000);
Missouri Review, University of Missouri, Columbia ($12,000); National Poetry
Series, Inc., Hopewell, New Jersey ($5,000); Oberlin College Press, Ohio
($10,000); Ploughshares, Boston ($10,000); Poetry Project, Ltd., New York
City ($26,000); Threepenny Review, Berkeley ($12,000); Tia Chucha Press,
Chicago ($9,000); Quarterly West, University of Utah, Salt Lake City ($5,000);
White Pine, Inc., Fredonia, New York ($20,000); Witness Magazine, Oakland
Community College, Farmington Hills, Michigan ($9,000); and Young Men's Christian
Associations of the USA, Chicago ($60,000).
Education & Access grants support organizations that provide arts
instruction, training, and projects that make the arts more available. They
were given to Academy of American Poets, Inc., New York City ($95,000); Arizona
State University, Tempe ($60,000); Moonstone, Inc., Philadelphia ($5,000);
National Book Foundation (to support the American Voices project), New York
City ($10,000); North Carolina Writers' Network, Carrboro ($5,000); NYC Poetry
Calendar ($6,000); PEN Center USA West, Los Angeles ($38,000); Poetry Society
of America (to support Poetry in Motion), New York City ($30,000); Small
Press Distribution, Inc., Berkeley ($90,000); and Teachers and Writers
Collaborative, New York City ($23,000).
Heritage & Preservation grants support arts organizations and
their projects to conserve, protect, and preserve America's native and
traditional arts. The grants in the discipline of literature were given to
Arte Publico Press, University of Houston ($40,000); Poetry Center (to support
American Poetry Archives), San Francisco State University ($10,000); Poets
House, Inc., New York City ($48,000); Review of Contemporary Fiction, Inc.,
Normal, Illinois ($58,000); and University of Alaska (to support its press
and Alaska Quarterly Review), Anchorage ($6,000).
Planning & Stabilization grants are given to arts organizations
to develop strategies for long-term financial health and plan for stability.
The awards went to Copper Canyon Press, Port Townsend, Washington ($50,000);
Poets & Writers, Inc., New York City ($50,000); Northwestern University
Press, Evanston, Illinois ($31,200); and Writers Room, Inc., New York City
Nonprofit arts group, including literary magazines and small presses,
may apply to one of the four divisions for funding for a specific project.
An organization may submit only one application per year. The deadline for
1999 grants for three of the categories has already passed. For Education
& Access grants, the postmark deadline for applications is September
14. Write, call, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines and
National Endowment for the Arts, Room 722, Nancy Hanks Center,
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Washington, DC 20506-0001. (202) 682-5400.
NATIVE WRITERS CIRCLE OF THE AMERICAS
Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature
The Chickasaw poet and fiction writer Linda Hogan of Ildedale, Colorado,
received the 1998 Lifetime Achievement Award for her body of work. Hogan,
whose most recent novel is Power (Norton, 1998), received $1,000.
The award is given to a Native American writer selected by fellow
Native American writers. There is no application process.
Native Writers Circle of the Americas, Department of English,
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019-0240. (405) 325-6231. Geary Hobson,
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS PRESS
Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry
Kathy Fagan of Columbus, Ohio, won the 1998 Vassar Miller Prize in
Poetry. She received $500, and her collection Revisionary Instruments, selected
by T.R. Hummer, will be published by the University of North Texas
The award is given annually for an original poetry manuscript. In
the next competition, the prize will be raised to $1,000.
Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry, English Department, Old Dominion
University, Norfolk, VA 23529. (757) 683-4042. Scott Cairns, Poetry Series
OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY PRESS
The Journal Award in Poetry
Walt McDonald of Lubbock, Texas, won the $1,000 The Journal Award
in Poetry for his collection Blessing the Body Gave, which will be published
by the Ohio State University Press Poetry Series.
The award is given annually for a collection of unpublished poetry
of at least 48 pages.
Ohio State University Press, The Journal Award in Poetry, 180
Pressey Hall, 1070 Carmack Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1002. (614) 292-6930.
David Citino, Poetry Editor.
Bunting Fellowship Program
Rachel Manley of Jamaica, West Indies, and Christina Shea of Belmont,
Massachusetts, were awarded 1998-1999 Bunting Fellowships for writing. They
each received a stipend of $36,500 and will spend the year in residence at
Radcliffe College. Manley will complete Michael Manley: A Daughter's Memoir,
and Shea will finish her untitled novel-in-progress.
The Bunting Fellowship Program supports women who wish to pursue
independent study in creative writing, the arts, academia, or professional
Radcliffe College, Bunting Fellowship Program, Mary Ingraham
Bunting Institute, 34 Concord Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138. (617) 495-8212.
RED ROCK REVIEW
Mark Twain Award for Short Fiction
Larry Gilman of Chicago won the first annual Mark Twain Award for
Short Fiction. Gilman received $1,000, and his story "Sugar Daddy" was published
in Volume I, Issue 4 of Red Rock Review, a bi-annual literary journal that
publishes fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Ron Carlson was the judge.
Red Rock Review, Mark Twain Award for Short Fiction, English
Department, J2A, Community College of Southern Nevada, 3200 East Cheyenne
Avenue, North Las Vegas, NV 89030. (702) 651-4005. Dr. Richard Logsdon, Editor.
SILVERFISH REVIEW PRESS
Gerald Cable Poetry Contest
Beth Gylys of Erie, Pennsyl-vania, won the 1997 Gerald Cable Poetry
Contest for her collection Hand on a Streetcar Rail. She received $1,000
and publication by Silverfish Review Press. Rodger Moody was the judge.
The award is given annually for a book-length collection of poetry
by a poet who has not published a full-length collection.
Silverfish Review Press, Gerald Cable Poetry Contest, P.O. Box
3541, Eugene, OR 97403. (541) 344-5060. Rodger Moody,
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