Literary Prizes

2017 National Hillary Gravendyk Prize

Malcolm Friend: Our Bruises Kept Singing Purple

Malcolm Friend is a poet originally from the Rainier 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 the full length collection Our Bruises Kept Singing Purple (Inlandia Books, 2018), winner of the 2017 Hillary Gravendyk Prize. He has received awards and fellowships from organizations including CantoMundo, VONA/Voices of Our Nations, the Center for African American Poetry & Poetics, Backbone Press, and the University of Memphis.


2016 Hillary Gravendyk Prizes:

Marco MaistoTraces of a Fifth Column

National: Traces of a Fifth Column by Marco Maisto

Traces of a Fifth Column, the National winner of the 2016 Hilary Gravendyk Prize, is a manuscript composed as of a series of dense, lively fragments across a wide canvas, each of which are more than capable of carrying the weight of the entire collection. Traces of a Fifth Column is a rich, meditative collage of essay-sketches that attempt to comprehend, through exploring meaning, language and being.

rachelle cruzGods Will for Monsters

Regional: Gods Will for Monsters by Rachelle Cruz

In God’s Will for Monsters Cruz guides the reader through the uncharted roads of experimental poetry. Cruz maps out a singular journey using narrative prose, faux scholarly excerpts and even seemingly banal transactions to light the way.  This extraordinary work creates a stirring atlas of the author’s own life, history and ethnicity that allows the reader to become a local, a friend and a fellow traveler.

National Runners Up:
Letdown by Sonia Greenfield
In This Housing by Mary Wilson

Regional Runners Up:
Eyelets Under Sun by Lauren Henley
Wild Embrace by Tim Hatch

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