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The Augsburg English Department is pleased to announce that the winner of this year’s John R. Mitchell / Academy of American Poets Prize is Taiwana Shambley for the set of three poems entitled “The Market on Maryland Avenue,” “How to Love an Alcoholic in Two Parts, Ending with a Drunk Stumbling Down Maryland Avenue,” and “Identity Circle in Three Parts, Ending with a Trek Through the Antarctic Desert.” The prize honors the late English professor and poet, John Mitchell, and was established by his family.
Poet and Carleton Professor emerita of Theater and Dance Mary Moore Easter, who judged this year’s entries, “found original phrases, skillful observation, and vivid imagery throughout” Shambley’s poems. She also noted that she “enjoyed exploring the minds of this group of [Augsburg] poets,” who submitted their work for consideration.
Please join us in congratulating Taiwana Shambley on winning this notable honor, which carries with it a $100 award. Mary Moore Easter will read with Shambley on the evening of Wed, 25 March, at 7pm in Gundale Chapel, Hagfors. A reception will precede the event at 6:30. Easter will also sign copies of her book, The Body of the World. All are welcome.