1st annual Binghamton University Milt Kessler Poetry Book award winner named


The Creative Writing Program at Binghamton University announces the winner of the first annual Milt Kessler Poetry Book award. The award recognizes the best book of poems published in 2001 by a poet over the age of 40 and honors the memory of Milton Kessler (1931-2000), a poet of international acclaim and former professor of English at Binghamton University.
Top honors went to Lilla Lyon for Hello Mongolia (TenPell Books). Lyon will receive a $1,000 award and be invited to participate in an awards ceremony to be held on the Binghamton University campus.
Finalists included:
Anjail Rashida Ahmad - Necessary Kindling: Poems (Louisiana State University Press)
Nin Andrews - Why They Have Wings  (Silverfish Review Press)
James Harms – Quarters  (Carnegie Mellon Press)
Suzanne Rhodenbaugh - Lick of Sense  (Helicon Nine Editions)
Catie Rosemurgy - My Favorite Apocalypse (Graywolf Press)
Frazier Russell – Lush (Four Way Books)

The judge for this year’s awards was Dorianne Laux, associate professor at the University of Oregon. She is the author of three collections of poetry, including Smoke (BOA Editions, 2000), What We Carry (1994) and Awake (1990). Among her awards are a Pushcart Prize, an Editor's Choice III Award, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Creative Writing Program at Binghamton University has also announced that nominations are open for the 2002 Milt Kessler Poetry Book award.

The contest is open to books of poems by living American poets published in an edition of 48 pages or more in length and 500 or more copies. The winner will receive a $1,000 award and invited to participate in an awards ceremony by giving a reading of his or her work.

Writers and poets may submit more than one book. Three copies of each book and an application form should be sent by March 1, 2003, to: Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Director of the Creative Writing Program, Binghamton University, P.O. Box 6000, Binghamton, NY 13902-6000. Winners of each award will be announced in The Poets & Writers newsletter.

Books entered in the competitions will be donated to the contemporary literature collection at the Binghamton University Library and to the Broome County Library.

The book awards are co-sponsored by the Harpur College Dean's Office. For more information, contact Maria Mazziotti Gillan at 607-777-2713.

Last Updated: 9/17/13