February 2, 2020
2020 HILLARY GRAVENDYK PRIZE
Announcing the 2020 Hillary Gravendyk Prize, Sponsored by the Inlandia Institute!
One National and one Regional Winner will each be awarded $1000 and book publication, and additional books may be chosen for publication by the editors.
The Hillary Gravendyk Prize is an open poetry book competition for all writers regardless of the number of previously published poetry collections. The manuscript page limit is 48 - 100 pages, and the press invites all styles and forms of poetry. Only electronic submissions accepted via Inlandia’s Submittable portal. Entries must be received online by April 30, 2020 at midnight Pacific Standard Time. Reading fee is $20. The winners will be announced late Summer/Fall 2020, for publication in 2021.
Hillary Gravendyk (1979-2014) was a beloved poet living and teaching in Southern California’s “Inland Empire” region. She wrote the acclaimed poetry book, HARM from Omnidawn Publishing (2012) and the poetry collection The Naturalist (Anchiote Press, 2008). A native of Washington State, she was an admired Assistant Professor of English at Pomona College in Claremont, CA. Her poetry has appeared widely in journals such as American Letters & Commentary, The Bellingham Review, The Colorado Review, The Eleventh Muse, Fourteen Hills, MARY, 1913: A Journal of Forms, Octopus Magazine, Tarpaulin Sky and Sugar House Review. She was awarded a 2015 Pushcart Prize for her poem "Your Ghost," which appeared in the Pushcart Prize Anthology. She leaves behind many devoted colleagues, friends, family and beautiful poems. Hillary Gravendyk passed away on May 10, 2014 after a long illness. This contest has been established in her memory.
2020 contest judges: Maureen Alsop and Megan Gravendyk-Estrella
One contest, two prizes, each award is granted publication and $1000: All entrants will be considered for the National Prize, and entrants who currently reside or work in Inland Southern California, the “Inland Empire,” will also be considered for the Regional Prize (Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, and any non-coastal Southern California area, from Death Valley in the northernmost region to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in the southernmost). If you believe you reside or work in an area that falls within the I.E., please select the “Yes, I reside in the I.E.” checkbox on the Submittable form, or if you’re not sure, please contact the Inlandia Institute at Inlandia@InlandiaInstitute.org.) In addition, the editors may select one or more additional books for publication.
Eligibility: Any resident of the United States of America or its territories may enter the contest, with the exception of colleagues, students, and close friends or family of the judge(s). Additionally, anyone currently serving in the Inlandia Institute in the last two years, either as an employee or on the Inlandia Institute Board of Directors, or is a close family member of the above, is not eligible.
Manuscript Requirements: Please submit 48-100 pages of poetry through our Submittable portal as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf. ***Submissions will be read blind, so do not include any contact information on the manuscript itself.*** Do not include a cover page, and do not attach an acknowledgements page. No revisions to the manuscript are allowed while the contest is running; however, if your manuscript is selected for publication, revisions may be submitted at that time. Please use a standard 11 or 12 point font. If there is a significant amount of non-standard formatting, please submit as a PDF to ensure formatting remains intact. Individual poems may have been published in journals, anthologies, chapbooks, etc., but the collection as a whole must be unpublished.
Submission fee: $20 per manuscript. Multiple submissions accepted but a separate entry fee is required for each manuscript submitted. Simultaneous submissions also accepted. If accepted elsewhere, please formally withdraw your manuscript from consideration via the Submittable portal.
Each winner will receive $1000, 20 copies of their book, and a standard book contract.
The manuscripts will be screened by local and recent MFA students or graduates.
Hillary Gravendyk Prize winners to date include Bronwen Tate, Adam Martinez, Michelle Peñaloza, Elizabeth Cantwell, Malcolm Friend, Rachelle Cruz, Marco Maisto, Kenji C. Liu, and Angela Peñaredondo.
CONVERSATIONS AT THE CULVER: HOBBITS AND BIG-BRAINED BABIES
Inlandia Institute proudly presents Sang-Hee Lee in conversation about evolution of humans and self-evolution with her best selling book, Close Encounters with Humankind, Sunday, February 2, 1:30 pm at the Culver Center.
When and where did our earliest ancestors first appear? When did we first walk upright? How did we become meat eaters? Are we still evolving? Lee explores our biggest evolutionary questions, and takes us along unexpected paths in our pursuit for answers.
In Lee’s hands, fossil teeth become data that allow us to discover when we began to live long enough to be grandparents.
She questions agriculture’s role in human history by showing an increase in disease and malnutrition after the introduction of farming.
Lee even suggests that social bonding—the key to humanity’s rise—was triggered not by our prized intelligence, but instead by the simple fact that large brains, coupled with narrow birth canals, forced us to seek help from others to successfully give birth.
Her curious nature and surprising conclusions make Close Encounters with Humankind a must-see illuminating delight!
Sang-Hee Lee is an anthropologist, specializing in human evolution. She is Professor in Anthropology and the Associate Dean in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, University of California at Riverside. Lee has been writing for the academia and the general public in various topics of human evolution through newspaper and magazine columns. She wrote a best-selling and award-winning book in Korea with Shin-Young Yoon and translated it into English, Close Encounters with Humankind: A Paleoanthropologist Investigates Our Evolving Species. The book is now in Spanish, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and Greek. Portuguese and Russian translations in progress.
“When we look more closely at the human journey, we see not a straight line, but a curvy, winding river.” —Sang-Hee Lee
This event is free and open to the public, followed by light refreshments and book sales. In partnership with UCR Arts and the UCR Center for Ideas and Society.
FIRST SUNDAYS AT RAM WITH KAREN RAE KRAUT AND NICOLE CLOEREN
In a fresh new approach to Inlandia’s First Sundays programming at Riverside Art Museum, Master puppeteer Nicole Cloeren joins our beloved storyteller Karen Rae Kraut for a powerful mix of interactive storytelling and puppetry. Karen's stories and Nicole's puppets will open your eyes to new ways of interpreting the world and open your hearts to a powerful form of play. Nicole transforms everyday objects into unique and delightful characters to teach audience members basic puppeteering skills through interactive participation.
Join Karen and Nicole for the exciting adventures of “Fifi Cherchez le Duck.” Fifi and her devoted friends stand up for justice against a swindling King! We invite the audience to jump into the action with guided puppet play, Sunday, February 2, 2-2:30 pm at 3425 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501.