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Ryan Walsh announced as winner of the 2010 Mississippi Valley Poetry Chapbook Contest
The Midwest Writing Center is pleased to announce Ryan Walsh of Albion, Michigan as the winner of the 2010 Mississippi Valley Poetry Chapbook Contest. Walsh's manuscript "The Sinks" was selected among 52 other entries from poets all over the continental U.S. As the winner of the Mississippi Valley Poetry Chapbook Contest, Walsh will receive $100, have his manuscript published by Midwest Writing Center Press, and will receive 15 copies of the published chapbook.
His collection, "The Sinks", is described by guest judge Jennifer Perrine as "a prayer for transformation, for recognition that even humans, those strange creatures of 'marbled meat / and water,' are part of the land: we are river, crops, 'lithe, bright grasses.'" "The Sinks" will be available in February and copies can be reserved by contacting the Midwest Writing Center at 563-324-1410.
Walsh grew up in Elkins, West Virginia. He graduated from Warren Wilson College and holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His poems have appeared in "Ecotone", "FIELD", "Green Mountains Review", "Narrative Magazine", "Southern Poetry Review", among others, and he serves on the editorial board of Q Ave Press, makers of handmade poetry chapbooks. Each spring, he teaches in the University of Michigan's New England Literature Program in Maine.
Finalists in the 2010 contest include Molly Sutton-Kiefer of Red Wing, MN; Karen Schubert of Youngstown, OH; and Valerie Wallace of Chicago.
The Mississippi Valley Poetry Chapbook Competition annually invites submissions for the election of one poet's collection to be published by MWC Press. Submissions must be postmarked between May 1 and July 31 each year. The annual winner is announced in December. Full contest guidelines can be found at www.midwestwritingcenter.org.
Past chapbook competition winners include Stephen Frech, "The Dark Villages of Childhood" (2008) and Meghan Brinson, "Broken Plums on the Sidewalk" (2009). Copies of "The Dark Villages of Childhood" and "Broken Plums on the Sidewalk" can be purchased on Amazon.com or at the Midwest Writing Center.
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