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Sue Saniel Elkind Poetry Contest

The winners of the fifth annual Sue Saniel Elkind Poetry Prize are Sharon Cumberland of Seattle for her poem "Before" and Ruth L. Schwartz of Oakland, California, for "Gravity." They shared $1,000, and their poems appeared in the Summer issue of Kalliope: a journal of women's literature & art. Maxine Kumin was the judge.

The prize is given annually for a poem by a woman.

Kalliope, Sue Saniel Elkind Poetry Contest, Florida Community College at Jacksonville, 3939 Roosevelt Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32205. Mary Sue Koeppel, Editor.


Elizabeth Macklin of New York City received the 1998-1999 Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship. She will receive approximately $30,000 and spend a year overseas. Macklin's most recent collection is A Woman Kneeling in New York City (Norton, 1992).

The scholarship is given annually to a U.S.-born poet to spend one year outside North America in a country the recipient feels will most advance his or her work.

Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship, Choate, Hall & Stewart, Exchange Place, 53 State Street, Boston, MA 02109-2891. (617) 248-5000. F. Davis Dassori.

1998 MacArthur Fellowships

Two poets and two fiction writers are among this year's 29 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship recipients. Poet Linda Bierds of Bainbridge Island, Washington, will receive $320,000; her most recent collection is The Profile Makers (Henry Holt, 1997). Poet Edward Hirsch of Houston, Texas, will receive $295,000; he is the author of For the Sleepwalkers (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1998) and On Love (Knopf, 1998). Charles Johnson of Seattle will receive $305,000; he is the author of Middle Passage (Atheneum, 1990), which won the 1990 National Book Award. Ishmael Reed of Oakland, California, will receive $355,000; his most recent novel is Japanese by Spring (Macmillan, 1993).

MacArthur Fellows receive stipends ranging from $220,000 to $375,000 over five years, depending on the age of the recipient. Fellows are free to use the awards as they wish; they are also offered health insurance. Individuals cannot apply for MacArthur Fellowships; a group of more than 100 anonymous nominators propose names to the foundation.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, MacArthur Fellowships, Public Information Office, 5520 North Magnolia Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640-1307. (312) 728-6996.

1998 Juniper Prize

Karen Donovan of Riverside, Rhode Island, won the $1,000 Juniper Prize for her poetry collection Born in This Ruin, which will be published by the University of Massachusetts Press in the spring of 1999.

The award was given to a poet who has not previously published a book. The prize alternates annually between a first book of poetry and subsequent books of poetry.

University of Massachusetts Press, Juniper Prize, Amherst, MA 01003. (413) 545-2217. Chris Hammel, Assistant Editor.

Literary Publishing Grants

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded 47 grants totaling $1,147,900 to arts organizations in the discipline of literature. This year's grants were divided into four grant categories: Creation & Presentation, Education & Access, Heritage & Preservation, and Planning & Stabilization.

Creation & Presentation Grants help create a broad range of new artistic work and support the public presentation of arts. The awards went to Antioch Review, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio ($5,000); Aunt Lute Foundation, San Francisco ($40,000); Bamboo Ridge Press, Honolulu ($15,000); BOA Editions, Ltd., Rochester, New York ($20,000); Coffee House Press, Minneapolis ($60,000); Conjunctions Magazine at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York ($5,000); Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (fiscal agent for The Paris Review), New York City ($5,000); Curbstone Press, Willimantic, Connecticut ($20,000); Graywolf Press, St. Paul, Minnesota ($30,000); Guild Complex, Chicago ($10,000); Hawaii Literary Arts Council, Honolulu ($5,000); Hostos Community Advisory Council (fiscal agent for Latin American Writers Institute), Bronx, New York ($18,000); Hudson Valley Writers' Center, Inc., Sleepy Hollow, New York ($5,000); Intersection, San Francisco ($14,000); Island Institute, Sitka, Alaska ($27,000); Kelsey Street Press, Berkeley ($5,000); Latin American Literary Review Press, Pittsburgh ($20,000); Missouri Review, University of Missouri, Columbia ($12,000); National Poetry Series, Inc., Hopewell, New Jersey ($5,000); Oberlin College Press, Ohio ($10,000); Ploughshares, Boston ($10,000); Poetry Project, Ltd., New York City ($26,000); Threepenny Review, Berkeley ($12,000); Tia Chucha Press, Chicago ($9,000); Quarterly West, University of Utah, Salt Lake City ($5,000); White Pine, Inc., Fredonia, New York ($20,000); Witness Magazine, Oakland Community College, Farmington Hills, Michigan ($9,000); and Young Men's Christian Associations of the USA, Chicago ($60,000).

Education & Access grants support organizations that provide arts instruction, training, and projects that make the arts more available. They were given to Academy of American Poets, Inc., New York City ($95,000); Arizona State University, Tempe ($60,000); Moonstone, Inc., Philadelphia ($5,000); National Book Foundation (to support the American Voices project), New York City ($10,000); North Carolina Writers' Network, Carrboro ($5,000); NYC Poetry Calendar ($6,000); PEN Center USA West, Los Angeles ($38,000); Poetry Society of America (to support Poetry in Motion), New York City ($30,000); Small Press Distribution, Inc., Berkeley ($90,000); and Teachers and Writers Collaborative, New York City ($23,000).

Heritage & Preservation grants support arts organizations and their projects to conserve, protect, and preserve America's native and traditional arts. The grants in the discipline of literature were given to Arte Publico Press, University of Houston ($40,000); Poetry Center (to support American Poetry Archives), San Francisco State University ($10,000); Poets House, Inc., New York City ($48,000); Review of Contemporary Fiction, Inc., Normal, Illinois ($58,000); and University of Alaska (to support its press and Alaska Quarterly Review), Anchorage ($6,000).

Planning & Stabilization grants are given to arts organizations to develop strategies for long-term financial health and plan for stability. The awards went to Copper Canyon Press, Port Townsend, Washington ($50,000); Poets & Writers, Inc., New York City ($50,000); Northwestern University Press, Evanston, Illinois ($31,200); and Writers Room, Inc., New York City ($10,700).

Nonprofit arts group, including literary magazines and small presses, may apply to one of the four divisions for funding for a specific project. An organization may submit only one application per year. The deadline for 1999 grants for three of the categories has already passed. For Education & Access grants, the postmark deadline for applications is September 14. Write, call, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines and applications.

National Endowment for the Arts, Room 722, Nancy Hanks Center, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Washington, DC 20506-0001. (202) 682-5400.

Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature

The Chickasaw poet and fiction writer Linda Hogan of Ildedale, Colorado, received the 1998 Lifetime Achievement Award for her body of work. Hogan, whose most recent novel is Power (Norton, 1998), received $1,000.

The award is given to a Native American writer selected by fellow Native American writers. There is no application process.

Native Writers Circle of the Americas, Department of English, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019-0240. (405) 325-6231. Geary Hobson, Project Historian.

Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry

Kathy Fagan of Columbus, Ohio, won the 1998 Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry. She received $500, and her collection Revisionary Instruments, selected by T.R. Hummer, will be published by the University of North Texas Press.

The award is given annually for an original poetry manuscript. In the next competition, the prize will be raised to $1,000.

Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry, English Department, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23529. (757) 683-4042. Scott Cairns, Poetry Series Editor.

The Journal Award in Poetry

Walt McDonald of Lubbock, Texas, won the $1,000 The Journal Award in Poetry for his collection Blessing the Body Gave, which will be published by the Ohio State University Press Poetry Series.

The award is given annually for a collection of unpublished poetry of at least 48 pages.

Ohio State University Press, The Journal Award in Poetry, 180 Pressey Hall, 1070 Carmack Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1002. (614) 292-6930. David Citino, Poetry Editor.

Bunting Fellowship Program

Rachel Manley of Jamaica, West Indies, and Christina Shea of Belmont, Massachusetts, were awarded 1998-1999 Bunting Fellowships for writing. They each received a stipend of $36,500 and will spend the year in residence at Radcliffe College. Manley will complete Michael Manley: A Daughter's Memoir, and Shea will finish her untitled novel-in-progress.

The Bunting Fellowship Program supports women who wish to pursue independent study in creative writing, the arts, academia, or professional fields.

Radcliffe College, Bunting Fellowship Program, Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute, 34 Concord Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138. (617) 495-8212. E-mail Contact

Mark Twain Award for Short Fiction

Larry Gilman of Chicago won the first annual Mark Twain Award for Short Fiction. Gilman received $1,000, and his story "Sugar Daddy" was published in Volume I, Issue 4 of Red Rock Review, a bi-annual literary journal that publishes fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Ron Carlson was the judge.

Red Rock Review, Mark Twain Award for Short Fiction, English Department, J2A, Community College of Southern Nevada, 3200 East Cheyenne Avenue, North Las Vegas, NV 89030. (702) 651-4005. Dr. Richard Logsdon, Editor.

Gerald Cable Poetry Contest

Beth Gylys of Erie, Pennsyl-vania, won the 1997 Gerald Cable Poetry Contest for her collection Hand on a Streetcar Rail. She received $1,000 and publication by Silverfish Review Press. Rodger Moody was the judge.

The award is given annually for a book-length collection of poetry by a poet who has not published a full-length collection.

Silverfish Review Press, Gerald Cable Poetry Contest, P.O. Box 3541, Eugene, OR 97403. (541) 344-5060. Rodger Moody, Editor.

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