The Poetry Forum is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 William Redding Competition:
First Place: Ellie Swenson, Columbus
Second Place: David Nichols, Columbus
Third Place: Rachel Wiley, Columbus
Winners were selected in a blind process by Poetry Forum coordinators Rose Smith, Connie Everett, and Steve Abbott.
Ellie Swenson will receive $100 and be the featured reader at The Poetry Forum's final reading of the season on May 7 at 7 PM at Rumba Cafe, 2507 Summit Street (at Hudson) in Columbus.
Dave Nichols will receive his choice of a $50 bookstore gift certificate or a seat in Columbus Salon, the monthly poetry workshop hosted by Rose Smith. He will read a mini-set at the May 7 reading.
Rachel Wiley will receive a $25 bookstore gift certificate. She will read a mini-set at the May 7 reading.
We thank everyone who submitted work. We received submissions for across the state, and overall quality of work was impressive. Several poets who were not among the winners are under consideration for individual readings in the coming year.
We hope to see all of you at upcoming readings.
The Poetry Forum
at Rumba Cafe
Featured readings + open mic since 1984
Mondays 7 p.m.
2507 Summit Street @ Hudson Street, Columbus
March 12 ~ Michael vander Does
March 19 ~ Michael Bernstein
March 26 ~ [ No Poetry Forum ]
April 2 ~ Andy Roberts
April 9 ~ Christine Howey
April 16 ~ The Greenville Poets
Catherine Essinger, David Garrison, Belinda Rismiller,
Lianne Spidel, & Myrna Stone
April 23 ~ Blaire Miller Bommer
April 30 ~ David Baratier
May 7 ~ Ellie Swenson
2012 William Redding Competition winner