The Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature has announced the winners of the 2014 Vachel Lindsay Poetry Contest and the Geoffrey H. Stamm Prize for Formal Poetry.
The $300 first place prize was awarded to Mason Yeater ’14 for “modern violence in tv and film as dance.” Second place and $200 went to Emily Packer ’14 for “Independence Day,” and Zach Fiore ’14 took third place and $100 dollars for “Tectonics.”
The $50 Stamm Prize for Formal Poetry went to Matt Margo ’14 for “&&&&&&&.”
Honorable mentions were given to “Good Enough” by Tom Pantic ’17 and “Randoseru” by Francis Sugita-Becraft ’16.
Students had the opportunity to submit their poem or group of up to three poems for both the Vachel Lindsay contest and the Stamm prize simultaneously. The contest was open to all undergraduates.
The contest was judged by Kevin Prufer who is the author of five books of poetry and the editor of four anthologies. He is also the winner of three Pushcart prizes, two Best American Poetry selections and has been granted several awards from the Poetry Society of America.
Vachel Lindsay was a student of Hiram College and became well-known for his theatrical readings of his poetry which helped incite appreciation and understanding of poetry as a spoken art in the American Midwest.
Winners of this contest and other Hiram writing contests will read their submissions for the community at 7 p.m. on April 8, 2014 in the Library’s Pritchard Room.