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The Telluride Institute is proud to announce the winner of the 26th Annual Fischer Prize for Poetry: Mary Ann Crowe for her poem, “Missing Daughters of Chicagoua” which first appeared in After Hours Summer 2023 as a Mary Blinn Prize finalist.

2023 Judge Deborah Kelly of Boulder said it was chosen “for its originality and immediacy.” Click here, or the button below, to read the prize-winning poem “Missing Daughters of Chicagoua” by Mary Ann Crowe.

Mary Ann Crowe, winner of the 2023 Talking Gourds Fischer Prize

Mary Ann Crowe, winner of the 2023 Talking Gourds Fischer Prize

Mary Ann Crowe moved to Santa Fe (O’gha Po’oge/White Shell Water Place), New Mexico, to recuperate from a debilitating illness. Recent poems appear or are forthcoming in Up From The Ashes, We Rise (Las Vegas Lit 2023), The Ekphrastic ReviewFlying SouthStories That Need To Be Told 2022, Sin Fronteras, and Miriam’s Well among others. As a visual artist-activist-writer, her essays, art installations and public art projects have addressed gender, the environment, war, and gun violence. Barnard College graduate born in Munich, Santa Fe is her 30th move between Germany, New York, Chicago, and Puerto Rico.

Past Fischer winners include Devreaux Baker of Mendocino, California, Ja’net Danielo of California, Jonathan Greenhouse of New Jersey, Carlos Andrés Gómez of New York and Michele Bitting of California.

For more information on the Talking Gourds Poetry Program and its national Fischer and state Cantor poetry contests, visit

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  • Delighted that a Santa Fe poet, Mary Ann Crowe, who’s traveled around the world, is this year’s Fischer Prize winner. Thank you Deborah Kelly for being this year’s judge. Want to also acknowledge Sheldon Cantor and his family who have continued to support this poetry award in the name of the late Elaine Cantor Fischer and her husband Mark Fischer — two tireless champions for the Arts in Telluride.

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