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Announcing the 2019 Winner of the Flo Gault Poetry Prize

We're pleased to announce the winner of our 2019 Flo Gault Poetry Prize for Kentucky Undergraduates: Aileen Tierney for her poem "Cold Snap."

Aileen will receive $500 and a letterpress broadside of her winning poem, printed by Hound Dog Press. Congratulations, Aileen and all our winners and honorees!

WINNERS

First Prize: "Cold Snap" by Aileen Tierney (University of Kentucky)
Second: "Late Bloomer" by Zoey Morris (University of Louisville)
Third: "What advice will you give to your daughters that was not given to you?" by Courtney Cox (Asbury University)

HONORABLE MENTIONS

"Skin splayed out on the pavement of the night" by Andrea Doll (Bellarmine University)
"Self Improvement" by Vanessa Fuller (University of Louisville)
"Himmelkompass Joy: Samsara" by Brady Alexander (University of Louisville)

This prize is made possible through the generosity of the Gault Family in loving memory of Flo Gault. For more information on this prize and other writing opportunities from Sarabande Books, visit our submissions page.

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ANNOUNCING THE 2018 WINNER OF THE FLO GAULT POETRY PRIZE

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We're pleased to announce the winner of our 2018 Flo Gault Poetry Prize for Kentucky Undergraduates: Iva Moore for her poem "Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis."

Iva will receive $500 and a letterpress broadside of her winning poem, printed by Hound Dog Press. Congratulations to Iva and all our winners and honorees!

2018 WINNERS

First Prize: "Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis" by Iva Moore (University of Louisville)
Second: "Wildfire" by Laura McAllister (University of Kentucky)
Third: "comfort zone" by Natalie Turner (Western Kentucky University)

2018 HONORABLE MENTIONS

"Green Girl" by Michaela Miller (Western Kentucky University)
"Fading Quietly" by Celeste N. Rehmel (Western Kentucky University)
"Sex Poem" by Cole Sweasy (Western Kentucky University)
"Diving into the day" by Julia Mikulec (University of Kentucky)

This prize is made possible through the generosity of the Gault Family in loving memory of Flo Gault. For more information on this prize and other writing opportunities from Sarabande Books, visit our submissions page.

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ANNOUNCING THE 2017 WINNER OF THE FLO GAULT POETRY PRIZE

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We're pleased to announce the winner of our 2017 Flo Gault Poetry Prize for Kentucky Undergraduates: Tiwaladeoluwa Adekunle for her poem "mother tongue."

Tiwaladeoluwa will receive $500 and a letterpress broadside of her winning poem, printed by Hound Dog Press. Congratulations, Tiwaladeoluwa and all our winners and honorees!

WINNERS

First Prize: "mother tongue" by Tiwaladeoluwa Adekunle (University of Kentucky)
Second: "how to turn on a man" by Hallie Beard (Murray State University)
Third: "If I Were Hemingway's Girl" by Adrian Sanders (Western Kentucky University)

HONORABLE MENTIONS

"Her" by Michaela Miller (Western Kentucky University)
"Love Song" by Bridget Yates (Western Kentucky University)
"Somalia Sleeps" by Yvonne M. Johnson (University of Kentucky)
"A Proper Lady" by Iman Zaghariet (Western Kentucky University)
"Breadworks, 6:00-close" by Clare Hagan (Bellarmine University)

This prize is made possible through the generosity of the Gault Family in loving memory of Flo Gault. For more information on this prize and other writing opportunities from Sarabande Books, visit our submissions page.

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Pie 2016: Celebrating Kentucky's Student Poets

This past Sunday we celebrated two of our absolute favorite things: poets and pie. Every year we hold a party to celebrate the exceptional work of our Flo Gault Poetry Prize winners, the finest student poets that Kentucky has to offer. And what better way to celebrate Kentucky than with a couple derby pies—and some cherry pies and apple pies and ice cream pies and shepherd's pies and pizza pies. A big thanks to all the local businessesHeine Bros, Bristol, Wiltshire, Molly Malone's, Plehn's, Whole Foods—who donated the delicious pies and other refreshments to made this event possible. 


In addition to the much-deserved pie-eating, the other central event of the party is a poetry reading by the contest's winners and honorable mentions. This year we had readings by Natalie Margarite Rickman and Kalyn Johnson from Western Kentucky University, Clare Hagan from Bellarmine University, and Hannah Rego from University of Louisville. Hannah Rego, who won first prize for her poem "Hanging Out," received a letterpress broadside of her poem printed by Hound Dog Press. She was also able to meet Sarabande poet Kiki Petrosino, whom she claimed as a huge influence on her own writing. 

In case you missed it, you can see the photo galleries of this and past years' Pie Parties on our website. Hope to see you next spring!