Announcing Winners of the 3rd Annual Rich & Russell Fellowship
2017 Fellowship Winner - Granted a Full Scholarship
Stacey Balkun is the author of Eppur Si Muove, Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak & Lost City Museum. Winner of the 2017 Women's National Book Association Poetry Prize, her work has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, The Rumpus, Muzzle, Bayou, and others. Balkun serves as the Chapbook Series Editor for Sundress Publications and holds an MFA from Fresno State. She teaches poetry online at The Poetry Barn. (Photo credit: Kault Photography)
Fellowship Finalists - Two Finalists, Each Granted Partial Scholarships
Kristie McLean is a Seattle-based multimedia storyteller, professional coach and humanitarian activist with a passion for empowering others through conversations and images. She has traveled to more than 50 countries on six continents. Her passion for empowering marginalized populations has led to her ongoing support of Obstetric Fistula patients in Ethiopia. Locally, she facilitates Nonviolent Communication classes at the men’s prison in Monroe. Kristie once lived in a tree house, was chased by a Komodo dragon, and has been bitten on the neck by a Bengal tiger.
Phylise Smith is from the Los Angeles area. She is a Dance Professor and augments her dance creativity with her passion for writing. Her poetry has been published internationally in China and with aaduna.org. Her writing experience includes study at UCLA, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts and Barcelona, Spain among other places.
The Rich - Russell Fellowship is for one poet, and includes a fully funded Poets on the Coast retreat registration (approx $500 value) to provide a weekend of writing and critiquing. (Note: Accommodations not included) For two Finalists, partial scholarships. (Note: Accommodations not included)
Please email 3 poems and two paragraphs (maximum) responding to the question: “Why Poets on the Coast and Why Now”? on why you would like to attend Poets on the Coast this September to poetsonthecoast (at) gmail.com
Kelli & Susan will choose one woman to attend Poets on the Coast from September 8-10, 2017 in La Conner, Washington.
Questions? Email poetsonthecoast (at) gmail.com
Submissions accepted until --- Entries now closed!