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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 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:

2 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, April 5, 2023.

An established poet selected each year judges the Mary Barnard Academy of American Poets Prize Contest at Reed College. This year’s judge is Alan Felsenthal ’03. Felsenthal is the author of Lowly (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2017). His writing has appeared in BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, Critical Quarterly, jubilat, Harper’s, and the New York Times Magazine. He runs a small press called The Song Cave with Ben Estes. They co-edited A Dark Dreambox of Another Kind: The Poems of Alfred Starr Hamilton (The Song Cave, 2013). He teaches poetry at N.Y.U. Tandon School of Engineering. 

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."

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Submitted by Jolie Griffin.
Posted on Feb 15, 2023

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