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Rosalie Moffett Wins 2019 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize


We offer our congratulations to Rosalie Moffett, who was selected by judge Stephen Dunn as winner of the seventh annual Loraine Williams Poetry Prize. Moffett will receive $1,500 for her poem “Giving Away the Dental Hygienist’s Idea for a Patent,” which will appear in our Spring 2020 issue.

Moffett is the author of Nervous System (Ecco/Harper Collins, 2019), winner of the National Poetry Series, and June in Eden (Ohio State University Press, 2017). Her poems and essays have appeared in Tin House, The Believer, FIELD, Narrative, Kenyon Review, Agni, Ploughshares, and other magazines, as well as in the anthology Gathered: Contemporary Quaker Poets. She has been awarded the Discovery / Boston Review prize, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, and scholarships from the Tin House and Bread Loaf writing workshops. She is an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Southern Indiana.

We thank everyone who submitted to this year’s contest, and we look forward to reading work from both previous and first-time entrants when the next Loraine Williams Poetry Prize competition opens in March 2020.