April 15, 2008

And now I can tell you...

...I won the 2008 Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award from Poets & Writers magazine! The official announcement is here. This is an annual contest (since 1984) that chooses one poet and one fiction writer from each "state"--or in this year's case, the District of Columbia. Previous winners include Doug Anderson, Chana Bloch, Denise Duhamel, Sascha Feinstein, Laura Kasischke, Sue Monk Kidd, Aleda Shirley, and Rebecca Seiferle.

The prize? An all-expenses paid trip to New York this October for a reading and--this is amazing--a week's worth of meetings arranged by P&W with editors, publishers, and New York poets. $500 honorarium, and an invitation to spend a month at the Jentel Arts colony in the mountains of Wyoming.

The call came on the tail end of the exhausting five hour drive home from Long Island University. Bonnie Marcus asked "so, you only have one book, right?" Coming off paying for my own hotel room, $40 of tolls, $60 of gas, and giving a reading empty-handed of copies, my response was "I barely have one book."

I offer gratitude to the judge, Frank X. Walker, and everyone at Poets & Writers. And thanks to my fellow DC poets--I hope I can do you all justice representing our city. I like to think that the "exchange" part of the award goes both ways...it's not enough to get my foot in the door at a press or two; my mission, as I see it, is to get the thriving energy of the DC poetry scene onto the NYC radar.

These are exciting days.

24 comments:

Dan said...

CONGRATS!!!

Kelli said...

YEAH YOU! Congrats! That's wonderful news!

Karen J. Weyant said...

Congrats! And can't wait for your book -- there's a big part of me that is hoping it's coming to my mailbox very soon! :)

nate said...

Congratulations, Sandra! Always wonderful to hear the good things that are happening with you. I can't wait to get my hands on your book.

Steven D. Schroeder said...

Congrats. My friend Jane won one of those and really enjoyed it...

Justin Evans said...

Wow! This is great news! I hope you enjoy yourself with all that stuff.

Valerie Loveland said...

That's great!

Don said...

Sandra, congrats! I just picked up your book at The Writer's Center -- I look forward to reading it.

32poems.com said...

Great new any day but esp on tax day!

32poems.com said...

I wish I could spell.

J.D. Smith said...

Rockin' good news!

Matthew Thorburn said...

Oh, sweet! Congratulations, Sandra!

Oliver de la Paz said...

Ah, congratulations, SB!

Anne said...

Awesome! Congratulations!

newzoopoet said...

What a boon! You go, girl! :)

Eduardo C. Corral said...

Congrats!

Sandra said...

Thanks, everyone! Having the book's publication delayed for so long was a little daunting...this feels like a second chance, come fall, to give it a boost of attention.

jeannine said...

Exciting! Congrats!

anacostia_poet said...

Congrats..I really enjoyed your reading at the Writer's Center and look forward to reading you book, when i pick it up next week.

Penultimatina said...

Woohoooo!

Jessica Smith said...

Congratulations!! And I'm especially excited b/c this means I get to see you!!! Ah, selfishness...

Lydia said...

Just found your blog tonight but couldn't be more impressed about your award if I'd read all your poems! Super.

Sandra said...

Thanks to all--particularly Lydia--always wonderful to grab a new reader...

Liz said...

Hi Sandra,

Have just found your blog through Sam (of 10,000)...wanted to say congrats on your success and also to add that I'm enjoying your poetry and itching to buy your book : )

cheers
Liz