We're so pleased to be able to publish the sonnets chosen as honorable mention finalists in our 2016 GLCL Sonnet Contest, judged by Keith Taylor. Today, we're featuring the sonnet, Left Out, by Jean L. Kreiling. With regard to Left Out, our judge had this to say: "I think that the poem worked very well to express that sense of religious doubt. I found the poem brave and admirable in its way." Congratulations, Jean!
Jean L. Kreiling’s first collection of poems, The Truth in Dissonance (Kelsay Books), was published in 2014. Her work has appeared widely in print and online journals, including American Arts Quarterly, Angle, The Evansville Review, Measure, and Mezzo Cammin, and in several anthologies. Kreiling is a past winner of the String Poet Prize and the Able Muse Write Prize, and she has been a finalist for the Frost Farm Prize, the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award, and the Richard Wilbur Poetry Award.
Seems like the right thing to do, eh? We're celebrating Shakespeare's birthday (and the 400th anniversary of his death) with the official announcement of the results of our 2016 GLCL Sonnet Contest. Entrants were invited to submit a sonnet in Shakespearian form: 14 lines, iambic pentameter, and an ABAB CDCD EFEF GG rhyming scheme. We had submissions from all over the country, by both novice and well-published poets, on a wide variety of themes. And the sonnets were seriously impressive.
Poet Keith Taylor, who judged this contest in blind fashion, noted that there is always worry that a call for sonnets might result in many that"would be stilted, would force themselves to rhyme, would find easy adjectives, and go for expected themes." Luckily, he was surprised by our contest entries. Upon completion of his judging, he admitted, "I was wrong. The level was far higher than that." Taylor selected one winning sonnet and three honorable mention sonnets. The winning sonnet will be used in the creation of an artistic broadside to be hand-printed by the folks at Kalamazoo Book Arts Center (KBAC), and the poet will receive 25 copies of the broadside to distribute to friends, family, and fans.
Today, we're announcing the names of the winners of the 2016 GLCL Sonnet Contest, but there is more to come. We'll be unveiling the broadside of the winning sonnet as soon as it is printed by KBAC, and we'll also be publishing some of the finalist's sonnets for all to enjoy (along with some comments by judge Keith Taylor). Check back soon!
So, without further hesitation, here is our Winner:
And here are our Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):
Human Kindness in the City
PLEASE JOIN US IN OFFERING CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR FINALISTS!
By the way, you probably have already noticed that Jean L. Kreiling's name is listed twice, and this is no mistake. As mentioned previously, the contest was judged in blind fashion, which means Taylor had no information about the submitting poet as he was reading each sonnet. Jean clearly has a gift for the sonnet form, and Taylor found her work worthy of honor twice in this contest.
We'd like to thank each and every poet who entered our contest for taking the time to submit their work. It was our great pleasure to read the sonnets, and to collaborate with Kalamazoo Book Arts Center in honoring the winner with an original broadside. We'd also like to thank judge Keith Taylor -- he is an extraordinary poet, and one of the greatest literary citizens we know. If you haven't read his work or bought one of his books before, now is the time.
Yesterday we were graced by the presence of Lisa Gundry in light of her debut book launch. Lisa gave a heartfelt reading from her book of poems, A Crowd of Sorrows, which was published by the local and outstanding publisher Caffeinated Press. Beyond the poems, Lisa delivered an important emotional message, one that pertains to the subject of the book, the pain that has been with Lisa since her childhood. It's an exceptional book. A remarkable life. Again, thanks to Lisa and her publisher for delivering a fine piece of literature and being part of our community.
A great big huge and hearty handshake to all of those that attended and supported the launch for Robert Fanning's Sheet Music here at the Writers' Hub. The chapbook, beautifully designed and letterpressed, was revealed yesterday as the inaugural book published by the new Three Bee Press. Three Bee Press is a Detroit-based publisher of fine arts books, founded and edited by Greg Wahl. Seriously, the book looks fabulous and we feel honored to be the place where all this was unveiled. We're wishing Three Bee Press a dashing and well-received future. We're wishing Robert full and prosperous things for his writing. Also, another giant shout-out to E. Andrei who performed an emotionally moving suite of songs in light of the release of Sheet Music.
Here are a couple pictures from the event. 1) E. Andrei performing a sweeping suite of vulnerable and distilled music. For those who love Patrick Watson, Sigur Ros, and Port St. Willow. He is Grand Rapids' very own. And, 2) featured poet Robert Fanning reading from the newly published book.
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