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The 2019 Jack Grapes Poetry Prize has announced the winners of its 7th annual poetry prize. Below are the winning entries from 1,200 entries, 2,000 individual poems from from 47 US states and 75 countries from around the world.
The judges: Eric Morago, Tanya Ko Hong, and Alexis Rhone Fancher picked a totality of three winners and six finalists listed below:Poems Chosen by judge Tanya Ko Hong:
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Winner: Lily Lyu – “Obituary of a Fig Wasp”
Finalist: Tony Magistrale – “The Lunch”
Finalist: Alessandra Bava – “My Son Writes His First Poem in Spanish”Poems Chosen by judge Eric Morago:
Winner: Lynne Burnett – “The Colour of Bruises”
Finalist: Nina Bennett – “Do Over”
Finalist: Peter Ogun (aka Ojo Taiye) “My Little Cousin Came to America Armed with Just a Few Phone Numbers & Four English Words – ‘I Am a Refugee’”Poems Chosen by judge Alexis Rhone Fancher:
Winner: Peter Ogun (aka Ojo Taiye) “There Is Nothing You Can Do To Replace My Fada”
Finalist: Farah Ghafoor “The Goat”
Finalist: Julia Dasbach “Practice Children Don’t Survive The Holidays”Each winner receives $250. Each finalist receives $75.You can see the semi-finalists here.