Five Cameron University students are finalists for the 2009 John G. Morris Poetry Prize. Megan Brodish, Kayla Leuch, Ann Morris, David Pilon, and Joseph Pratt each submitted original poems for the contest. Two winners will be announced on Saturday, April 4 during the Spring English Program banquet. The author of the first place poem will receive $250; second place will receive $150. Oklahoma City poet Sandra Soli, author of several limited-edition chapbooks, serves as judge for the competition. Soli is a longtime member and judge for various contests of the Oklahoma Writers Federated, Incorporated, and a former instructor in the State Arts Council's Artists-in-Residence program.
Senior Megan Brodish and juniors Kayla Leuch and David Pilon are majoring in English. Ann Morris is a senior majoring in studio art. Joseph Pratt is a sophomore majoring in criminal justice. All are from Lawton.
Dr. John G. Morris, Professor of English and Foreign Languages, established the contest in 2006 in honor of his late mother, Marian Cary Miles Morris-Zepp. The contest is open to all CU undergraduate students. Each student may submit up to five original, unpublished poems, which are judged on freshness and originality in idea, image and form; exact and precise execution of whatever the poet attempts; and usage of the right words in the right order.
Previous winners of the John G. Morris Poetry Prize are Barbara Adams, 2007, and Jason Poudrier, 2008. Both were seniors majoring in English when they won the award.
March 2, 2009