We are delighted to announce the 2018 Fischer Prize winners selected by our final judge, Joan Logghe of New Mexico.
Michelle Bitting, “Everything Crumbling Becoming Something New”
D. Baker, “Breathing Water, Swimming Air”
Elizabeth Jacobson, “Birds Eating Cherries From the Very Old Tree”
Claire Blotter, “Rocking”
Jane Hilberry, “Poem Beginning with a Line from Paul Monette”
Jose A. Alcantara, “Lady in Rags”
Bitting won $1,000, plus a $500 travel stipend, and she will be at the festival to read her poem at our award ceremony at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 19. The finalists all receive $200 and an invitation to read, plus a $100 travel stipend if they come.
The Cantor Prize, which is awarded to the best poem submitted by a poet from Colorado, is awarded to Jane Hillberry. This is the award’s inaugural year.
The prize is made possible through the support of the Telluride Institute and generous private donations. We hope that you will consider joining us at the ceremony and at the festival, which includes performances, workshops, open readings and more, all free except for one event. You will find the full schedule for the festival here: http://talkinggourds.weebly.com/literary-arts-festival.html.