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Telluride Arts Presents: Mark Fischer Poetry Prize

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Telluride Arts Presents: Mark Fischer Poetry Prize

Poetry reading and awards

Thursday May 31 6pm at the Steaming Bean, Telluride

Telluride Arts (Telluride Council for the Arts and Humanities)

PO Box 152, Telluride, CO  81435

Sasha Cucciniello:  970-728-8959


Telluride Arts announces the fourteenth annual Mark Fischer Poetry Prize. Poetry readings and awards will be presented on Thursday May 31st at the Steaming Bean at 6pm.

The Mark Fischer Poetry Prize is named in the memory of Telluride’s much-loved poet, lawyer, skier and raconteur. Mark Fischer was a daring experimenter who combined a polyglot’s command of languages with a quirky sense of humor and a passion for obtuse words. In that spirit, prizes are awarded to entries that best exhibit the qualities of originality, novelty, complex meaning, linguistic skill and wit. The wilder the better.  All styles and content matter are accepted and will be represented at the reading.

With over 95 entries from poets from Colorado, Utah & New Mexico competition was strong for this year’s award. Judge Kierstin Bridger had so many favorites she awarded beyond the top four cash prizes, giving five Honorable Mentions.

FIRST PLACE -  Psalm 656 by Wayne Lee, Santa Fe, NM

SECOND PLACE – APOTHEOSIS by Julie Shavin , Colorado Springs, CO

THIRD PLACE - Failte Eire by Beth Paulson, Ouray, CO

FOURTH PLACE - Putting Away the Cutlery  by Ellen Metrick , Norwood, CO
Honorable Mentions

BLACK FLOWERS by Julie Shavin , Colorado Springs, CO

Eating the Sun by Julie Shavin , Colorado Springs, CO

Shooting the Apple by Wayne Lee, Santa Fe, NM

Adelphithymia  by Emily Korn Von Koren, Telluride, CO

Airbow by Samantha Wright, Silverton, CO

The 2012 Mark Fischer Poetry Prize was judged by Colorado Poet Kierstin Bridger

Kierstin  Bridger - Kierstin is the 2011 winner of the Mark Fischer Poetry Prize.  

Her poetry can be found online at the Copperfield Review, Thrush Literary Journal, OccuPoetry, Telluride Watch,  and The Mountain Gazette.  She has forthcoming award winning poetry in the June issue of Memoir (and). She was a finalist for 2011 Haiku Year in Review by Broadsided Press.

Her short fiction can be found in The Porter Gulch Review, Smith magazine’s 6 Words about Work, Bricolage, Stripped: A Collection of Anonymous Flash Fiction edited by Nicole Monaghan and at the best of Nail Polish Stories, a tiny and Colorful Literary Journal.

She is a regular contributor to Telluride Inside and Out. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Washington and is currently pursuing an MFA in poetry at Pacific University in Oregon.  She divides her time between Telluride and Ridgway Colorado with her high school sweetheart and their daughter. She writes, blogs, designs, and rolls her eyes at the new puppy in her house.

For more information - 970.728.3930, Telluride, or on Facebook, Twitter or at the Stronghouse Studios 283 South Fir Street in Telluride.