2007 Competition Winners

Poetry

Winner: Ellen Andolsek, Santa Fe, NM, for "Strangers, Beloved"

1st Honorable Mention: Allison Benis, Irvine, CA, for "Torso of a Woman and Other Poems"

2nd Honorable Mention: Genine Lentine, Provincetown, MA, for selections from "Mr. Worthington's Beautiful Experiments on Splashes"

Fiction

Winner: Jessica Roeder, Denver, CO, for "Mr. Paradise"

1st Honorable Mention: Stace Budzko, Boston, MA, for "Day Care"

2nd Honorable Mention: Suzanne Rivecca, San Francisco, CA, for "Here Cut and Here Burn"

Ms. Frucht also singled out Kelly Luce's story "Ash" for special mention.

Non-Fiction

Winner: Jennifer Park Johnson, Portland, OR, for "My Larcenous Heart"

1st Honorable Mention: Merridawn Duckler, Portland, OR, for "Forty-Six Views of My Fuji"

2nd Honorable Mention: Fleda Brown, Newark, DE, for "Maybe the Last Thing I'll Say about This" About "My Larcenous Heart,"

Mr. Cokinos had this to say:
"A poignant and sharply written essay, full of complication. . . . The sentences crackle with wry wit and spot-on observations, and the author has a knack for metaphor and simile. . . . [I]n places, it's laugh-out-loud funny . . . . This is a really fine piece."

About "Forty-Six Views of My Fuji":
"A formally ambitious essay that quietly gains power on re-readings. . . . It shows a great deal of talent and promise."

About "Maybe the Last Thing . . .":
"This multi-sectioned, non-chronological essay explores the author's relationship with a brilliant, troubled, and autistic father. The imagery is often mesmerizing, the language lovely and self-aware. . . . It feels like it could blossom into a book."

Mr. Cokinos also singled out the following essays for special mention: Kate Birch, "Private Parts"; David Burgess, "Light Sweet Crude"; and Scott Abbott, "Immortal for Quite Some Time."