We’re thrilled to announce that Carter Rekoske has won this year’s Dan Veach Prize for his poem, “Prayer for Gratitude.” He has won $100 and his poem will be published in the upcoming Fall issue.
Carter is a 21 year old creative writing student at Bryan College in Tennessee. He won the poetry award in his school’s 2022 and 2023 annual literary contests and will be published in forthcoming issues of Listening and Black Fox Literary Magazine.
We want to thank everyone who participated, and send special shout out to our Finalists and Honorable Mentions!
The Complete List of Finalists
- Alejandro Aguirre, “Elizabeth Bishop’s Arrival at Havana, 1955”
- Gospel Chinedu, “Progeny”
- Gaia McCune, “A Spring Morning”
The Complete List of Honorable Mentions
- Amad Aamir, “Letters I Keep Writing to the Sea”
- Daniel Barry, “Senior Week”
- Jayant Kashyap, “Nilgai”
- Chiwenite Onyekwelu, “Duplex for My Father”
We are so excited to announce the winner of the 2022 Dan Veach Prize!
Congratulations go to Edwin Williamson, for his poem, “Each D ay I Press My Ear to the Ground.”
Of his own writing, Edwin says, “My poetry often aims to blend natural and scientific concepts occurring on Earth (or off-Earth) with tender emotional experiences. I am a lifelong visual artist and musician and started writing poetry in 2018 as a freshman in college. I have always loved science but never found myself able to pursue any of the more technical fields academically. The kind of poetry I’ve been generating over the last few years, I feel, comes out as the product of what I can do as a creative individual and of what we should all be fascinated with as human beings on this planet.”
Edwin will have his poem published in the Fall 2022 issue of Atlanta Review and he wins $100 prize.
Congratulations also to our finalists!
- Alejandro Aguirre, “Berlin Candy Bomber”
- Gigi Cheng, “Obsidian Fish”
- Hana Saad, “I cut down to the core”
And thanks to everyone who entered the contest. It’s exciting to see so many younger folks writing and sharing their poetry.
This year, two poems submitted for the Dan Veach Prize for Younger Poets were so exceptional, they both had to win. That’s right: we had a tie! Both Ivy Marie Clarke, for her poem “Where to Find Poetry,” and Rema Shbaita, for their poem “Palestine is Upsidedown” will win the $100 prize, and their work will appear in the Fall issue. Congratulations to Ivy and Rema, and to all the Finalists!
Rema Shbaita is a graduate of UC, Riverside and a former Co-Editor in Chief of The Mosaic Art & Literary Journal est. 1959. They don’t consider dandelions weeds and they’re allergic to grass. They enjoy media about found families and slap-dash friendship groups. They’re working on getting into a PhD program for educational research.
Ivy Marie Clarke is an emerging writer and photographer from Georgia, where she is studying Creative Writing and English Literature at Mercer University. She is currently a preceptor for English classes at her university and an intern at Macon Magazine.
- “Hills (for Bia),” McKenzie Hurder
- “On the Edge,” Christine Kannapel
- “Self Portrait with a Hare,” Reuben Gelley Newman
- “Self Portrait as Expatriated Sapling in North Beijing,” Benjamin Stallings