CU announces finalists for John G. Morris Poetry Prize

Five Cameron University students are finalists for the 2011 John G. Morris Poetry Prize. Seth Copeland, Indiahoma; Michelle Lewis, Altus; David Pilon, Lawton; Linda Powell, Duncan and Colton Rowe, Cache, each submitted original poems for the contest. Two winners will be announced on Saturday, April 9 during the Spring English Program banquet. The author of the first place poem will receive $250; second place will receive $150.

Ken Hada, Associate Professor of English at East Central University, serves as judge for the competition. He is the author of two volumes of poetry, “The Way of the Wind” and “Spare Parts.” The latter, published in 2010, has just been named Outstanding Poetry Book for the 2011 Western Heritage Awards and continues to receive national attention.

Now in its fourth year, the John G. Morris Poetry Prize was established by Dr. John G. Morris, Professor of English, in 2006 in honor of his late mother, Marian Cary Miles Morris-Zepp. The competition is open each year to all undergraduate Cameron University students enrolled in the spring semester. Each student may submit up to five original, unpublished poems, which are judged on freshness and originality in idea, image and form; exact and precise execution of whatever the poet attempts; and usage of the right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; Jason Poudrier, 2008; Joseph Pratt, 2009; and Seth Copeland, 2010.

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March 9, 2011

PR# 11-053