The winner of the Academy of American Poets Prize for 2015 is Ben Shane, a senior in Arts and Science. Shane won for his poem, “Splitting Firewood on a Winter Afternoon.” Honorable Mention went to MFA grad student Max McDonough for his poem, “Scull Bay.” Poet A. Van Jordan judged.
Academy of American Poets Prize for 2015
MFA student Carlson-Wee, Named 2015 NEA Fellowship Recipient, Wins 2015 Frost Place Chapbook Competition
Anders Carlson-Wee, second year MFA student in poetry, who has been awarded a 2015 Creative Writing Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts, has also just won the 2015 Frost Place Chapbook Competition sponsored by Bull City Press with his manuscript, Dynamite. As part of the award, Dynamite will be published by Bull City Press in summer 2015, Carlson-Wee will attend the 2015 Frost Place Seminar as the Frost Place Chapbook Fellow, and he will give a reading at the Seminar. Carlson-Wee will also be able to spend a week as a resident of the Frost Place, once home of poet Robert Frost.
Carlson-Wee’s NEA fellowship is one of 36 awards given in the annual competition. The grant, for $25,000, allows recipients to “set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.”
Carlso-Wee has also received a Bread Loaf Bakeless Camargo Fellowship for summer 2015. The fellowship allows eight former Bread Loaf conference attendees to attend a month-long working residency at The Camargo Foundation in the beautiful seaside town of Cassis, France.
Carlson-Wee won Ninth Letter’s 2014 Poetry Award and New Delta Review’s 2014 Editors’ Choice Prize. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in New England Review, The Missouri Review, The Southern Review, West Branch, Prairie Schooner, Blackbird, Linebreak, Forklift Ohio, Best New Poets 2012 and 2014.
The university-wide announcement of his NEA award follows:
National Endowment for the Arts awards fellowship to Vanderbilt MFA student
by Ann Marie Deer Owens | Posted on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 — 1:18 PM
Carlson-Wee, a former professional rollerblader, will receive a Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry. This $25,000, non-matching fellowship allows published writers to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and career advancement.
“I am thrilled for Anders and our stellar graduate program in creative writing,” said John M. Sloop, interim dean of the College of Arts and Science. “The NEA literary arts fellowship is an extraordinary achievement, recognizing Anders’ promising future as a gifted young poet.”
Kate Daniels, a professor of English who directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing, noted that Carlson-Wee was one of only 36 recipients selected from more than 1,600 poets.
“Anders is an extraordinarily gifted, hard-working and focused young poet who challenges himself at every opportunity,” Daniels said. Although poets tend to be known, especially in their younger years, for their disinclination to conform to social norms, Anders’ real-life experience is more unconventional than that of most of his peers. He has had an entire other life beyond and besides poetry — wilderness survival, freight train hopping and professional rollerblading.”
Carlson-Wee was raised in northern Minnesota and earned his undergraduate degree from Fairhaven College of Western Washington University. He is the winner of Ninth Letter’s 2014 Poetry Award and New Delta Review’s 2014 Editors’ Choice Prize. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Missouri Review, West Branch, Blackbird, The Journal, Ninth Letter,Linebreak, The Paris-American, Best New Poets 2012 and 2014, and more.
“Anders’ poems are remarkable for many qualities, but perhaps most of all for their delicate, yet intense imagery, and the unusual, arresting manner in which he brings his images together with direct statement and narrative clarity,” Daniels said. “The effect can be unforgettable — haunting and straightforward simultaneously. How he achieves this is part of his remarkable poetic gift.”
The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds and promotes artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The award to Carlson-Wee was included in the agency’s first fiscal year 2015 announcement of $29 million for grants in three categories: Art Works, Challenge America, and NEA Literature Fellowships in Creative Writing.
Vanderbilt’s MFA Program, housed within the Department of English, continues to be ranked among the top MFA Programs in the country by Poets and Writers magazine. It ranks number one for selectivity.
The prize-winning creative writing faculty includes fiction writers Tony Earley, Lorraine Lopez, Lorrie Moore and Nancy Reisman; poets Mark Jarman, Kate Daniels, Rick Hilles, Beth Bachmann and Sandy Solomon; and nonfiction writer Peter Guralnick.
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Prizes and Fellowships Awarded in Spring 2014
Academy of American Poets Prize
Simone Wolff, a first year graduate student in poetry, has won the 2014 Academy of American Poets Prize for her poem, “Semper Augustus.” Second year graduate student in poetry, Edgar Kunz, won honorable mention for his poem, “Dundalk.” Poet David Wojahn was the judge.
The Writing Studio MFA Graduate Consultant Prize
Ann Silverstein, first year MFA student in fiction, and Alicia Brandiwie, first year MFA student in poetry, split the Writing Studio MFA Graduate Consultant Prize.
The Sedberry Prize for Poetry
Sara Strong, second year MFA student in poetry, won the Sedberry Prize.
The Guy Goffe Means Prize for Fiction
Reid Douglass, second year MFA student in fiction, won the Guy Goffe Means Prize.
The Merrill Moore Prizes
Corey Kollbocker, a senior in Arts and Sciences, won the Merrill Moore Prize for Fiction, and Malcolm Friend, also a senior in Arts and Sciences, won the Merrill Moore Prize for Poetry.
Third Year Fellowships in the MFA Program
Ann Charlton, second year MFA student in poetry, has been appointed Curb Creative Writing Fellow for 2014-15; and Edgar Kunz and Lee Conell have been named Third Year Fellows in Creative Writing, Department of English, for 2014-2015, Kunz in poetry and Conell in fiction.
Recent MFA grads receive Pushcart Prize special mentions
Recent MFA grad, Kendra DeColo, wins 2013 Saturnalia Book Award
Kendra DeColo, who received her MFA from Vanderbilt in 2011, has won the 2013 Saturnalia Book Award for her first collection of poetry. DeColo’s book, Crooked Hope, will be published by Saturnalia Books and will receive a $2,000 award. Poet Yusef Komunyakaa was the judge.