Announcing the winner of the 2017 Hillary Gravendyk Prize

Our Bruises Kept Singing Purple

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Our Bruises Kept Singing Purple by Malcolm Friend

Selected by Cynthia Arrieu-King, Malcolm’s book will be published in 2018.

About Malcolm:









Malcolm Friend is a poet originally from the Rainer Beach neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. He received his BA from Vanderbilt University and his MFA from the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of the chapbook mxd kd mixtape (Glass Poetry, 2017), and has received awards and fellowships from CantoMundo, VONA/Voices of Our Nations, Backbone Press, the Center for African American Poetry & Poetics, and the University of Memphis. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications including La Respuesta magazine, Vinyl, Word Riot, The Acentos Review, and Pretty Owl Poetry.

Thank you to everyone who submitted to the 2017 Hillary Gravendyk Prize. The 2018 competition opens on February 1. Judge: Valerie Wallace. Full guidelines here.

2017 Hillary Gravendyk Prize Runners Up and Finalists

First Runner Up: Stowaways by Emelia Reuterfors
Second Runner Up: Paper Mother by Megan Merchant

After the selection had been made, the winner of the regional prize withdrew their manuscript, and no regional prize will be awarded this year.

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