Who will be the winner of the 2011 Mountain Xpress Poetry Prize?

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The Poetry Show featured in the Mountain Xpress Apr. 6-12, 2011 issue

And the finalists are:

  • Randal Pride, “Coal Palace”
  • Jessie Shires, “Corpus unum”
  • Jesse S. Rice-Evans, “Taking A Bath In Frida Kahlo’s Tub”
  • James Cox, “By the Lake in Northern Michigan”
  • James Davis, “Sourwood”
  • Jessica Claire Newton, “Two Weeks Deep Into the Dirty Laundry”
  • Tamsen Turner, “Sestina”
  • Brian Sneeden, “The Temple”
  • John Eells, “Sleep And Dreams”
  • Andrew Procyk, “Life and Death”

Some good poets represented on this list. Should be great evening of poetry and music.

I am honored and humbled to be on the list of featured poets for event. There’s a nice  write-up in the Mountain Xpress (Rhyme and reason) that mentions my involvement with the Rooftop Poets. Last time I was mentioned in the Xpress was when I was contributing to The Traveling Bonfires.

If you can make it to the big show tomorrow night, here’s some more details from the Mountain Xpress’s Facebook event page:

Featured poets include:
• Laura Hope-Gill, Director of Asheville Wordfest and Blue Ridge Parkway poet laureate.
• Matt Owens and Mesha Maren of the Juniper Bends reading series.
• Matthew Mulder and Brian Sneeden of the Rooftop Poets series.
• The top 10 finalists of the 2011 Mountain Xpress poetry prize will read their poems, and the overall winner of the contest will be announced. (The 10 finalists will also read their winning poems at the Saturday night YMI party during Wordfest in May.)

The evening concludes with a live performance by Keith Flynn & the Holy Men in celebration of the release of their album, “LIVE at the Diana Wortham Theatre.”

The even begins at 7 p.m. with a reception. Poetry readings begin at 8 p.m., and music begins at 9 p.m.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance at http://www.mountainx.com/mxcore/poem/tickets or at the door.

Hope to see you there!

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