The English Department Announces the 2012 Davenport Poetry Contest

Entries are now being accepted for the annual Davenport Prize in Poetry sponsored by the English Department.
1) entrants must be enrolled students in good standing at Knox but need not be English majors or enrolled in an English course;
2) manuscripts should include three poems and only one manuscript submission per student is allowed (our judges reserve the right to select prize winners based on a single poem or on the manuscript as a whole);
3) submitted poems need not be written especially for the contest, but poems cannot have been previously published off campus (note that publication on-campus does not exclude a poem from entry); no poem that has received a prize in a Knox contest may be submitted to any subsequent contest, although a rejected manuscript may be submitted a second time;
4) each submission must include a title page or cover sheet with the author’s name and complete contact information, as well as the titles of the poems; please leave name off subsequent pages;
5) only original work by the contestant may be entered (translations are not eligible);
6)all entries must be submitted as one document (your last name should be the name of the document) electronically to no later than WEDNESDAY APRIL 18 by 4 p.m.) If you have questions about the submission guidelines, contact Monica Berlin
Note: Cash prizes are as follows, although we reserve the right to adjust these amounts in consultations with the judge: 1st Prize $200, 2nd Prize $100, 3rd Prize $50. As well, the prize-winning manuscripts each year will be retained by the college and may be published on the English Department’s website.
This year’s judges, a duo of poets, are Joseph Lennon ’90 and Yvonne Murphy ’89.
Joseph Lennon is the Director of Irish Studies at Villanova University, where he is associate professor in the English Department. He also lectures at the Notre Dame Irish Seminar in Dublin in June and previously taught at Manhattan College in New York for a decade. His book of poems Fell Hunger (Salmon Poetry/Dufour Editions 2011) was published last summer. He has also published poetry, essays, and articles in periodicals such as Poetry Ireland, New Hibernia Review, TLS, Denver Quarterly, and The Recorder. His book Irish Orientalism: A Literary and Intellectual History (2004, 2008) won the Donald J. Murphy First Book Prize, awarded by the American Conference for Irish Studies.
Yvonne Murphy is an Associate Professor of The Arts at SUNY Empire State College in Syracuse, New York. She received an M.A. from New York University, a Ph.D. from The University of Houston and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry from Stanford University. Her collection of poems,Aviaries, won the 2010 Carolina Wren Press Poetry award, and was published in 2011. Her poems have been published widely in U.S. and Canadian anthologies and journals, including Poetry, Black Warrior Review, The Portland Review, EPOCH, Stone Canoe, Redivider, Painted Bride Quarterly, Many Mountains Moving, Literal Latte and Gulf Coast, among many others. She lives in Cazenovia, New York, with her husband and daughter.
Davenport Poetry Prizewinners will be announced at a special Caxton Club reading on Monday, May 7 at 7 p.m. in the Alumni Room of Old Main.