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The Mary Barnard Academy of American Poets Prize Contest

A $100 prize is endowed by Reed College in honor of Mary Barnard ’32 for the best poem or group of poems submitted by a Reed undergraduate. The contest is open to all disciplines; to ALL Reed undergraduates who are enrolled as of the contest due date. There are no restrictions regarding theme or style.

Submission Guidelines:

Two typed poems maximum, with your name, phone#, year in school, age, mailing address, Reed & non-Reed email address on each page.

SUBMIT: one electronic copy to Jolie Griffin, (, Vollum 320) by noon on April 1, 2020

An established poet selected each year judges the Mary Barnard Academy of American Poets Prize Contest at Reed College. This year’s judge is Jerry Harp. Harp’s books of poems are Creature (Salt Publishing), Gatherings (Ashland Poetry Press), Urban Flowers, Concrete Plains (Salt Publishing) and, most recently, Spirit under Construction (NeoPoiesis Press). Currently, he teaches at Lewis & Clark College.

Mary Barnard (1909-2001), a Reed graduate (class of 1932), was a renowned poet and writer, and a translator of classical literature, including the following fragment from Sappho:

"Although they are
only breath, words
which I command
are immortal."

Details on The Academy of American Poets are available at

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Posted on Mar 2, 2020

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