We are happy to announce Dennis Finnell as the winner of the first annual Things To Come Poetry Prize.
Poets from all over the globe sent in their manuscripts, which our judge, Pamela Stewart, poured over for several months, reading every one at least twice. By the end of her reading, Pamela said, "I feel I am saying goodbye to : my occupants. Their voices, ambitions and cares. That a population is leaving...with all the wild and gorgeous and profound and luminous and obsessed and crafted, smart and cerebrally lyric, the love poems, the children poems, the ready for death right around the corner poems, the family poems. the elegies, the exuberance..." We are deeply appreciative to her and to all who shared their work.
About the Winner
Dennis Finnell has published four books of poems, the most recent Pie 8, winner of the 2012 Bellday Prize. His first book is Red Cottage which won the Juniper Prize from the University of Massachusetts Press. His next two books, Belovèd Beast and The Gauguin Answer Sheet, were selected for the Contemporary Poetry Series from the University of Georgia Press. He has received grants and fellowships from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, The Ragdale Foundation, and the MacDowell Foundation, and taught at the University of Tennessee, Mount Holyoke College, Wesleyan University, and Greenfield Community College, where he also served as Co-Director of Financial Aid. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, he now lives in western Massachusetts.