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Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize

Michael Mlekoday

The Dead Eat Everything (2012, Dorianne Laux, judge)

Michael Mlekoday won the National Poetry Slam in 2009 as a member of the St. Paul team, and returned the following year to coach the team to its second championship. Mlekoday serves as Poetry Editor of Indiana Review, and his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ninth Letter, RHINO, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Anti-, Muzzle Magazine, and other journals.

Carolyn Creedon

Wet (2011, Edward Hirsch, judge)

Carolyn Creedon is a writer, editor, and fifteen-year veteran of the waitress wars. She completed the Ada Comstock program at Smith College and then went on to earn an MA. She earned an MFA at the University of Virginia, where she received the Academy of American Poets Prize. Her poems have been published in the Massachusetts Review, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Yale Review, Rattle, and other journals. Her work has also been featured in Best New Poets and Best of the Best American Poets. Creedon lives in Charlottesville with her husband and dog.

Mira Rosenthal

The Local World (2010, Maggie Anderson, judge)

Mira Rosenthal is a poet, translator, and scholar. After earning her BA at Reed College, she completed an MFA at the University of Houston, where she held a C. Glen Cambor Fellowship and a Krakow Poetry Seminar Fellowship. Her poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, The American Poetry Review, Seneca Review, Notre Dame Review, Slate, and other journals. She has been a fellow at, among others, the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Banff Centre. Her translations of Polish poetry have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and in 2007 Zephyr Press published her translation of The Forgotten Keys by Tomasz Rozycki. She is currently working on Rozycki’s most recent book, Colonies, for which she received the PEN Translation Fund Award and an NEA Fellowship in translation.  

Joanna Solfrian

Visible Heavens (2009, Naomi Shihab Nye, judge)

Joanna Solfrian’s work has appeared in Margie, The Southern Review, Rattapallax, Pleiades, Image, Spoon River Poetry Review, and elsewhere. After graduating from the Stonecoast MFA program, she was awarded a Pushcart nomination and a MacDowell fellowship. She works with teenagers and lives with her husband and baby girl in northwestern Connecticut.

Edward Micus

The Infirmary (2008, Stephen Dunn, judge)

Edward Micus is the author of The Infirmary, winner of the Stan and Tom Wick award and Landing Zones, a book of short stories, winner of the New Rivers Press Award. He is a past winner of the Loft-McKnight Poetry Award and a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. His poetry and fiction have appeared in the Harvard Review, Laurel Review, New York Quarterly, North American Review, Poetry, Verse, Chelsea, and other publications. He is semi-retired and lives in Mankato, Minnesota, with his son, Willie, and his boxer, Mr. Hankski. Micus currently teaches at Minnesota State University and South Central College, Mankato.

Djelloul Marbrook,

Far From Algiers (2007, Toi Derricotte, judge)

Djelloul Marbrook’s first book of poems, Far From Algiers (Kent State University Press, 2008), won the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize in 2007. A second book, Brushstrokes and Glances, poems about paintings and painters, is forthcoming from Deerbrook Editions. His novella, Artemisia’s Wolf, will be published by Prakash Books in December 2010 and his novella, Saraceno, has just been issued as an e-book. His short story, “Artists Hill,” adapted from an unpublished novel, won the Literal Latté first prize in fiction in 2008. His poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, The Ledge, Orbis (UK),Reed, Oberon, and other journals. Ten of his poems and comments about writing poetry may be heard online at From the Fishouse: An Audio Archive of Emerging Poets. Marbrook is a retired newspaper editor and lives in the Hudson Valley of New York with his wife, Marilyn.

Anna Leahy

Constituents of Matter(2006, Alberto Rios, judge)

An Illinois native, Anna Leahy earned an MFA from the University of Maryland and a PhD from Ohio University. Her poetry has appeared in The Connecticut Review, Crab Orchard Review, The Journal, Nimrod, and other journals. She is the author of two chapbooks, Turns about a Point and Hagioscope, and the editor of Power and Identity in the Creative Writing Classroom: The Authority Project.

Ariana-Sophia M. Kartsonis,

Intaglio (2005, Eleanor Wilner, judge)

A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Ariana-Sophia M. Kartsonis received an MFA from the University of Alabama and is currently completing a PhD at the University of Cincinnati. Her work has appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Florida Review, Glimmer Train, Margie, and other journals. She edits the online journal

Anele Rubin

Trying to Speak (2004, Philip Levine, judge)

Poet Anele Rubin’s first book, Trying to Speak, won the 2004 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize and this year’s Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New Writer Award for poetry. In his foreword to the book, Philip Levine calls the movement in Rubin’s poems “artful, subtle, and modest,” and admires her talent for “encountering the world and capturing the extraordinary in the everyday in language that seems so common and casual we tend to despise it rather than embrace it for what it is, the hallmark of the greatest poetry.”

Ariana-Sophia M. Karsonis, Intaglio (2005, Eleanor Wilner, Judge) A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Ariana-Sophia M. Kartsonis received an MFA from the University of Alabama and is currently completing a PhD at the University of Cincinnati. Her work has appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Florida Review, Glimmer Train, Margie, and other journals.

Lee Peterson

Rooms and Fields (2003, Jean Valentine, judge) 

Previously a teacher of English as a second language, Peterson is currently instructor of English at Penn State, Altoona, where she held the position of 2004 Emerging Writer-in-Residence. Her poetry has been published in various journals, including North American Review, Runes: A Review of Poetry, Nimrod: International Journal of Prose and Poetry, and The Seattle Review. Peterson received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.

Eve Alexandra

The Drowned Girl (2002, C. K. Williams, judge) 

Eve Alexandra studied theater at Sarah Lawrence College and creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh. She was featured as an outstanding emerging writer in The American Poet, the journal of the Academy of American Poets, in 2002. Other poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review and The Harvard Review. She teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Vermont.

Kate Northrop

Back Through Interruption (2001, Lynn Emanuel, judge)

Kate Northrop’s first collection of poems, Back Through Interruption (Kent State University Press, 2002) won the 2001 Stan and Tom Wick First Book Award and was a runner-up for the Great Lakes Colleges New Writers Award and the Kate Tufts Award. Her second full-length collection, Things Are Disappearing Here (Persea Books, 2007) was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and the finalist for the James Laughlin Award. Clean, her newest collection, is forthcoming from Persea (April 2011). She is the author of two chapbooks: Evening (Aralia Press, 1999) and Through Which Footsteps, winner of the 2005 West Town Press Chapbook Award. She is also the recipient of the Paumanok Poetry Award, an American Academy of Poetry Prize from the University of Iowa, and several fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. New poems are forthcoming in The American Poetry Review, Raritan, and AGNI. Northrop was born and raised in Berks County, Pennsylvania. She received her BA in art history from the University of Pennsylvania and her MFA from the University of Iowa. She now teaches in the MFA program in Laramie, Wyoming, where she lives with the marvelous poet H. L. Hix and two equally marvelous dogs.

Morri Creech

Paper Cathedrals (2000, Li-Young Lee, judge) 

Morri Creech was born in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, in 1970 and was educated at Winthrop University and McNeese State University. He is the author of two full-length collections of poetry, Paper Cathedrals (Kent University Press, 2001) and Field Knowledge (Waywiser, 2006), as well as two museum-quality editions in collaboration with the photographer Robert ParkeHarrison (21st). His poems have appeared in The New Criterion, The New Republic, The Southwest Review, The Hudson Review, Crazyhorse, Critical Quarterly, Sewanee Review, Southern Review, and elsewhere. He has received the Stan and Tom Wick Award from Kent State University, the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, an NEA Artist’s Fellowship, an artist’s fellowship from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He currently lives with his wife and daughters in North Carolina, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate creative writing at Queens University of Charlotte.

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

The Gospel of Barbecue (1999, Lucille Cliffton, judge) 

Honoree Fanonne Jeffers, assistant professor of English, is the author of two books of poetry, The Gospel of Barbecue (Kent State University, 2000), which won the 1999 Stan and Tom Wick Prize for Poetry and was the finalist for the 2001 Paterson Poetry, and Outlandish (Wesleyan University Press, 2003). She has won the 2002 Julia Peterkin Award for Poetry, and awards from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and the Rona Jaffe Foundation. Jeffers’s work has appeared in Black Issues Book Review, Black Warrior Review, Brilliant Corners: A Journal of Jazz and Literature, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam (Crown, 2001), Callaloo, Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora (Warner/Aspect, 2000), Indiana Review, The Kenyon Review, The Massachusetts Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Roll Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art (Third World, 2002), and These Hands I Know: Writing About the African American Family (Sarabande 2002).

Karen Kovacik

Beyond the Velvet Curtain (1998, Henry Taylor, judge)

Karen Kovacik is director of Creative Writing at Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis. She is the recipient of a number of awards, including a guest fellowship at the University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Creative Writing, an Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Fellowship, the Charity Randall Citation from the International Poetry Forum, and a Fulbright Research Grant to Poland. She spent the 2004–05 academic year in Warsaw, translating contemporary Polish women’s poetry. Her latest book of poems is Metropolis Burning (Cleveland State, 2005). Her poems and stories have appeared in Salmagundi, Chelsea, Glimmer Train, Massachusetts Review, and Indiana Review, and her translations of contemporary Polish poets in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Crazyhorse, Southern Review, and West Branch.

Richard Tayson

The Apprentice of Fever (1997, Marilyn Hacker, judge)

Richard Tayson’s second book of poetry is The World Underneath (Kent State University Press, 2008). Tayson’s awards include a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Prairie Schooner’s Edward Stanley Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize. His poems appear in over fifty publications in five countries, including the Paris Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Kenyon Review, and American Poetry: The Next Generation. His coauthored book of nonfiction, Look Up for Yes (Viking-Penguin, 1998), appeared on bestseller lists in Germany and has been included in Reader’s Digest’s Today’s Best Nonfiction in the United States and Australia. In the summer of 2010, Tayson gave a Blake Society lecture in London and is scheduled to speak on Blake and Patti Smith at the Northeast MLA conference in April 2011. For two years Tayson directed the Writers at Rutgers reading series and now teaches at the New School and City University of New York. He is currently a Chancellor’s Fellow in the PhD program in English at City University of New York’s Graduate Center where he is completing his dissertation concerning William Blake’s influence on New York avant-garde music culture. 

Rosemary Willey

intended place (1996, Yusef Kommunyakaa, judge)

Rosemary Willey received her MFA from Vermont College and is now an instructor at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center. Her poems have appeared in Indiana Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, and other journals.

Lisa Coffman

Likely (1995, Alicia Ostriker, judge)

Lisa Coffman grew up in eastern Tennessee. She has studied at the University of Tennessee, New York University, and the University of Bonn. Coffman has received fellowships from the Pew Charitable Trust and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and has been Resident Poet at Bucknell University. She lives in Atascadero, California. Her work has appeared in The Beloit Poetry Journal, The Southern Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere.

Victoria Redel

Already the World (1994, Gerald Stern, judge) 

Redel is the author of two books of poetry and three books of fiction. Her latest novel, The Border of Truth (Counterpoint, 2007), weaves the situation of refugees and a daughter’s awakening to the history and secrets of her father’s survival and loss. It is a 2007 Barnes and Noble Discovery Book. The L.A. Times said, “The Border of Truth is such a good novel that it could also be any American’s Story.” Loverboy (Graywolf, 2001; Harcourt, 2002) was awarded the 2001 S. Mariella Gable Novel Award and the 2002 Forward Silver Literary Fiction Prize and was chosen in 2001 as a Los Angeles Times Best Book. Loverboy was adapted for a feature film directed by Kevin Bacon. Library Journal said of Loverboy, “Redel writes like an angel about the darkest edge of obsession.” Her fiction and poetry have been widely anthologized. Redel’s work has been translated into five languages. Her most recent collection of poems, Swoon (University of Chicago Press, 2003), was a finalist for the James Laughlin Award. Redel is on the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fine Arts Work Center.
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