The winners of the Brockman-Campbell Award, sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society for best volume of poetry published during the previous year have just been announced. The winner is John Hoppenthaler for his book Domestic Garden, published by Carnegie Mellon University Press. Honorable mentions were given to: John Amen for strange theater, published by New York Quarterly Books; Kevin Boyle for Astir, published by Jacar Press; and Noel Crook for Salt Moon, published by Southern Illinois University Press.
Judge for this year’s Brockman-Campbell Award was Barbara Hamby, author of Babel (2004), All-Night Lingo Tango (2009), and most recently On the Street of Divine Love: New and Selected Poems (2014), all published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. She was a 2010 Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry, and her book of short stories, Lester Higata’s 20th Century, won the 2010 Iowa Short Fiction Award.
The competition this year was more intense than ever for this prestigious award. Congratulations to our winners, all of whom will be reading from their work at the September 17 meeting in Southern Pines. For a full schedule of our September 17 meeting, click here.
Congratulations also to the winners of this year’s Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition, sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network. This prize honors the best single poem from a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of NCWN. The winners of this year’s competition are: Sarah Huener, first prize for “To Pluto”; Ruth Moose, runner-up for “Antediluvian”; and Maria Rouphail, honorable mention for “Crater of Popocatépetl, Jean-Baptiste Louis Gris Artist’s Statement.” All three poets will read their prize-winning poems at our September 17th meeting.
Lena Shull Book Award
The 2016-17 Lena Shull Book Award, the annual competition for unpublished, full-length manuscripts sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society, will open its submission period on September 18. To learn more about submission guidelines, click here. The winning manuscript will be published by St. Andrews University Press, and the winning poet will give a reading and possible workshop at Poetry Day Hickory in April 2017.