2019 ALLEN GINSBERG POETRY AWARDS WINNERS

FIRST PRIZE

Marc Harshman, Wheeling, WV “Poet in the Schools”

Francesca Maxime , Brooklyn, NY “Pleather”

SECOND PRIZE

Edwin Romond, Wind Gap, PA “At the Teachers’ Summer Arts Institute”

THIRD PRIZE

June Avignone, Rochester, NY “Wolf Nose”

HONORABLE MENTION

Howard Berelson, Teaneck, NJ “The Person in the Mask”

Norma Ketzis Bernstock, Milford, PA “Selling the House”

Bill Van Buskirk, Bryn Mawr, PA “Batman”

Helen Marie Casey, Sudbury, MA “It Happens at Laurelhurst Park”

Joanne M. Clarkson, Port Townsend, WA “Nun Gowns”

George Drew, Poestenkill, NY “Lining Up For the Pearly Gates”

Maria Fama, Philadelphia, PA “Eating Ossi Di Morti on November 2”

Megan Gieske, Newton, NJ “Lily”

James D. Gwyn, Clifton, NJ “Watching the Clothes Go Round”

Charles H. Johnson, Hillsborough, NJ “Ten Thousand Miles from Home”

Laine Sutton Johnson, Hillsborough, NJ “Wild Kingdom

Diane Kerr, Pittsburgh, PA “Fucket of Chicken”

Ellaraine Lockie, Sunnyvale, CA “Flashbacks in a Bottle”

Mary Makofske, Warwick, NY “Blue Ashtray”

Marie M. Marchand, Cheyenne, WY “Etty”

Elizabeth Marchitti, Totowa, NJ “Goodbye, Jack”

Colleen Michael, Beverly, MA “Resolution”

Greg Moglia, Huntington, NY “Death Comes to Match.com”

Marilyn Mohr, West Orange, NJ “Squirrel Hill”

Gloria g. Murray, Deer Park, NY “How Can I?”

Frank Niccoletti, West Orange, NJ “A Kind of Old Friend”

Lisa Coll Nicolaou, Fair Lawn, NJ “Playing Wide”

Haya Pomrenze, Ft. Lauderdale, FL “Bar Mitzvah Lessons”

Wanda S. Praisner, Bedminster, NJ “A Present, 1943: the Year I Was Sick”

Maude Carolan Pych, Totowa Borough, NJ “Remembering Mr. Lukasik”

Ellyn Joyce Rabinowitz, Nyack, NY “Breakup”

Robert A. Rosenbloom, Bound Brook, NJ “No Snow”

Arthur Russell, Nutley, NJ “To Sarah”

Ellen Sazzman, Potomac, MD “For Chaya”

Penelope Scambly Schott, Portland, OR “I'm Telling You All This So I Won't Be Lonely”

Matthew J. Spireng, Kingston, NY “Quick, Pick It Up”

Barrett Warner, Aiken, SC “I Don't Believe in God”

Tamara Watson, Brooktondale, NY “Dressing the Dead”

Bill Wunder, Langhorne, PA “Halcyon Days”

Sherida Yoder, North Haledon, NJ “8th Grade Poets”

James K. Zimmerman, Pleasantville, NY “Inheritance”

Neal Zirn, Denver, CO “Dementia”

EDITOR’S CHOICE

Dianne Alvine, Barnegat, NJ “The Harvest”

Charlie Brice, Pittsburgh, PA “The Wish”

Judith A. Brice, Pittsburgh, PA “Kavanaugh's First Day on the Supreme Court—October 9, 2018”

Lorraine Conlin, Wantagh, NY “First Confession”

D. M. Dutcher, Highland Park, NJ “The Reason”

Linda Nemec Foster, Grand Rapids, MI “My Father's Music”

Michael S. Glaser, St. Mary's City, MD “My Twin”

Christine Grimes, Sackets Harbor, NY “When he comes in my dreams”

Diane Khoury, Cresskill, NJ “Growing Up”

Antoinette Libro, Sea Isle City, NJ “Elopement”

Don Lynch, Kinnelon, NJ “Every Child”

Sheila O'Neill Massoni, Hackensack, NJ “Lackawanna Station”

Marion Paganello Fair Lawn, NJ “Monumental”

Natasha Rabin Nyack, NY “Good Humor”

Kenneth Silvestri, Nyack, NY “my noni”

Al Tacconelli, Wynnewood, PA “Patient Precision”

Award Winners’ Reading — February 1, 2020

At the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College, The Hamilton Club Building, 32 Church Street, 2nd Floor, Paterson, NJ

2019 PATERSON POETRY PRIZE WINNERS

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WINNERS OF THE 2019 PATERSON POETRY PRIZE

Daniel Donaghy, Somerset (NYQ Books, New York, NY)

“Donaghy writes brilliantly about growing up in a hard-scrabble neighborhood in Philadelphia,

and explores complexities of love and sorrow, shame and gratitude.”

Sean Thomas Dougherty, The Second O of Sorrow (BOA Editions, Ltd., Rochester, NY)

“In this amazing, tender, passionate book, Dougherty peels back all the self-protective shields

under which he has hidden truths even from himself, and lets the reader experience all the

people who inhabit his world. In so doing, he reveals his own vulnerability.”

— Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Executive Director, The Poetry Center

FINALISTS

  • Suzanne Cleary, Crude Angel: Poems (BkMk Press, University of Missouri-Kansas City, MO)

  • Matthew Dickman, Wonderland: Poems (W. W. Norton & Company, New York, NY)

  • Chanda Feldman, Approaching the Fields: Poems (LSU Press, Baton Rouge, LA)

  • Maria Giura, What My Father Taught Me (Bordighera Press, New York, NY)

  • Allison Joseph, Confessions of a Barefaced Woman (Red Hen Press, Pasadena, CA)

  • Michael Lally, another way to play: poems 1960 – 2017 (Seven Stories Press, New York, NY)

  • January Gill O’Neil, Rewilding (CavanKerry Press, Fort Lee, NJ)

  • Danny Shot, Works (CavanKerry Press, Fort Lee, NJ)

The Paterson Poetry Prize of $1,000 is given annually by the Poetry Center to a book of poetry (48 pages or more) published in the previous year. Submission deadline is February 1, 2020.

WINNERS OF THE 2019 PATERSON PRIZE FOR BOOKS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

2019 PATERSON PRIZE FOR BOOKS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Grade Pre K - 3 Winner: Kathleen Contreras for Harvesting Friends (Arte Publico Press, Houston, TX)

Grade 4 - 6 Winner: Elizabeth Van Steenwyk for Blacksmith’s Song (Peachtree Publishers, Atlanta, GA)

Grade 7 - 12 Winner: Daniel Acosta for Iron River (Cinco Puntos Press, El Paso, TX)

HONOR BOOKS

Lester L. Laminack, The King of the Bees (Peachtree Publishers, Atlanta, GA)

Patricia Hruby Powell, Struttin’ With Some Barbeque (Charlesbridge, Watertown, MA)

Ronald Kidd, Lord of the Mountain (Albert Whitman & Co., Park Ridge, IL)

For 2020 rules and application, visit www.poetrycenterpccc.com/awards/ or for more info, write to sdesai@pccc.edu.

2018 PATERSON PRIZE FOR BOOKS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

2018 PATERSON PRIZE FOR BOOKS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Grades Pre-K – 3 Winner
Lori Haskins Houran, Warts and All (Albert Whitman & Company, Chicago, IL)

Grades 4 – 6 Winner
Ruth Freeman, One Good Thing About America (Holiday House, New York, NY)

Grades 7 – 12 Winner
Mariko Tatsumoto, Gutless (Ichiban Books, Pagosa Springs, CO)


HONOR BOOKS

Grades Pre-K – 3
Gretchen Brandenburg McLellan, Mrs. McBee Leaves Room 3 (Peachtree, Atlanta, GA)
Larissa M. Mercado-López, Esteban de Luna, Baby Rescuer! (Arte Público Press, Houston, TX)
Barbara Nye, Somewhere A Bell Is Ringing (Penny Candy Books, Oklahoma City, OK)

Grades 4 – 6
Alison Hart, Leo, Dog of the Sea (Peachtree, Atlanta, GA)
Edward van de Vendel, Sam in Winter (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, Grand Rapids, MI)
Ellen Wittlinger, Saturdays with Hitchcock (Charlesbridge, Watertown, MA)

Grades 7 – 12
Michael Currinder, Running Full Tilt (Charlesbridge, Watertown, MA)
Seth Michelson, Dreaming America (Settlement House Books, Silver Spring, MD)
Donovan Mixon, Ahgottahandleonit (Cinco Puntos Press, El Paso TX)

THE 2018 ALLEN GINSBERG POETRY AWARDS

THE 2018 ALLEN GINSBERG POETRY AWARDS

FIRST PRIZE
Jim Reese, Yankton, SD “Dancing Room Only”
SECOND PRIZE
Maria Fama, Philadelphia, PA “Cu Tantu Si Cala ‘U Culu Si Para”
THIRD PRIZE
Lorraine Conlin, Wantagh, NY “New Suit”


HONORABLE MENTION
Howard Berelson, Teaneck, NJ “My Father was a piece of paper”
R. Bremner, Glen Ridge, NJ “She wore a raspberry beret”
Shane Carreon, Binghamton, NY “Knock on wood”
David Crews, Warren, NJ “Sitting on the Floor at Poets House”
Anthony DeGregorio, Kent Lakes, NY “Poem”
Gil Fagiani, Long Island City, NY “Veal Cutlets”
Christopher Fahy, Thomaston, ME “The Limits of Song”
Mary Fitzpatrick, Pasadena, CA “Marie Josephine Dallaire, Ottawa, 1874”
Christie Grimes, Sackets Harbor, NY “Six months later”
James D. Gwyn, Clifton, NJ “Elvis Hair”
Josh Humphrey, Kearny, NJ “The Sweet Carpenter”
Frances Lombardi-Grahl, Clifton, NJ “Inheritance”
Nancy Lubarsky, Cranford, NJ “Vacation Bible School”
Francesca Maxime, Brooklyn, NY “The Man on the Train”
Greg Moglia, Huntington, NY “When I Was Young and Mother Wasn't Old”
Marilyn Mohr, West Orange, NJ “Convoy Number 34”
Gloria G. Murray, Deer Park, NY “My Sister Changed Her Name”
Rachelle M. Parker, Montclair, NJ “Momma's Eyes Are Half Full With Sadness
and I Will Have to Tell Her One Day When I Can Speak, How I Waited”
Jennifer Poteet, Montclair, NJ “Yuletide, 1976”
Natasha Rabin, Nyack, NY “Back to the Future”
Bernadette Roe, Endicott, NY “Family Secrets”
Edwin Romond, Wind Gap, PA “Night Sounds”
Arthur Russell, Nutley, NJ “The Heavier Stone”
Donna Baier Stein, Bernardsville, NJ “My Father in Pictures”
Maxine Susman, Princeton, NJ “What's Left”
Eileen Van Hook, Wanaque, NJ “Old Ladies”
Sherida Yoder, North Haledon, NJ “Physical Education”
Neal Zirn, Denver, CO “Your Eyes”

EDITOR’S CHOICE
Charles W. Brice, Pittsburgh, PA “Deal Me In”
Judith A. Brice, Pittsburgh, PA “The Circle Closes”
Okey Chenoweth, Oakland, NJ “The Rain Has Never Been to School”
Linda Nemec Foster, Grand Rapids, MI “Memories of an Immigrant Childhood”
Deborah Gerrish, Murray Hill, NJ “A Secret Correspondence”
Annie Lanzillotto, Yonkers, NY “Three Italians on The Block”
Antoinette Libro, Sea Isle City, NJ “Imagining America”
Maria Lisella, Long Island City, NY “Couple on the curb”
Frank Niccoletti, West Orange, NJ “My Watch In a Sow's Ear”
Christine Redman-Waldeyer, Manasquan, NJ “Napkins and Chinatown”
Kenneth Silvestri, Nyack, NY “When my now adult children were young”
Al Tacconelli, Wynnewood, PA “Objects of Memories”
Bob Ward, Brooklyn, NY “I Will Be Grateful”

Jan Beatty is the 2018 Paterson Poetry Prize Winner

The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College is pleased to announce that the 2018 Paterson Poetry Prize winner is Jan Beatty for her book, Jackknife: New and Selected Poems (University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, PA). 

"Jackknife is a book that secures Jan’s place in American literature
as one of the fiercest and bravest poets writing today." — Maria Mazziotti Gillan

FINALISTS
Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, Arrival: Poems (Northwestern University Press, Evanston, IL)
Jim Daniels, Rowing Inland (Wayne State University Press, Detroit, MI)
Judy Grahn, Hanging on Our Own Bones (Red Hen Press, Pasadena, CA)
Nicole Homer, Pecking Order (Write Bloody Publishing, Los Angeles, CA)
Christine Kitano, Sky Country (BOA Editions, Ltd., Rochester, NY)
Meghan O’Rourke, Sun in Days (W. W. Norton & Co., New York, NY)
Benjamin Alire Sáenz, The Last Cigarette on Earth (Cinco Puntos Press, El Paso, TX)
Cindy Veach, Gloved Against Blood (CavanKerry Press, Fort Lee, NJ)

The Paterson Poetry Prize of $1,000 is given annually by the Poetry Center to a book of poetry (48 pages or more) published in the previous year.

The submission deadline for books published in 2018 is February 1, 2019. For 2019 award rules and application forms, visit www.poetrycenterpccc.com/awards/. For questions, contact sdesai@pccc.edu.

The Poetry Center was named a Distinguished Arts Project and awarded several Citations of Excellence, and is funded, in part, by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
 

Download a printable pdf winner’s flyer

The Alin Papazian Poetry Center Memorial Fund Honors Former Arts Administrator

The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community (PCCC) received a $10,000 donation from Albert Papazian in honor of his wife, Alin, who worked at the Center as an arts administrator for nineteen years. The Alin Papazian Poetry Center Memorial Fund, set up as an endowment through the College Foundation, will support Poetry Center programming. 

A trailblazer in her family, Alin emigrated from Turkey to the U.S. in 1956, at the age of 17, to attend Vassar College on scholarship.  After graduating from college, Alin moved to New York City and worked as a physical chemist for ten years at the Thomas J. Watson IBM Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY, at a time when it was unusual for a women to get a research job in the hard sciences. She holds two patents.

Alin married Albert in 1965, and had two children, Elizabeth and Gregory. While her children were young, she held part-time jobs in computer programming and in a lab specializing in AIDS research.  A former resident of Ridgewood, NJ, Alin gave back to her community through volunteer work, which included organizing performing arts events. This led to her taking a job in 1991, as an assistant director in the Cultural Affairs Department at PCCC, where she worked until her retirement in 2010. She loved working in the department, especially on Poetry Center programming, and her energy and organizational skills were legendary throughout the College. 

Alin Papazian with her husband, Albert, at her retirement party from Passaic County Community College on June 8, 2010. The Alin Papazian Poetry Center Memorial Fund, set up by Albert as an endowment through the College Foundation, will support Poetry Center programming, including workshops, readings, a literary magazine and contests. 

Alin Papazian with her husband, Albert, at her retirement party from Passaic County Community College on June 8, 2010. The Alin Papazian Poetry Center Memorial Fund, set up by Albert as an endowment through the College Foundation, will support Poetry Center programming, including workshops, readings, a literary magazine and contests. 

“Alin’s intelligence, patience and devotion were treasured by the Cultural Affairs family, as she called us.  I am grateful for all that she contributed to the Poetry Center and my life,” said Maria Mazziotti Gillan, executive director of Cultural Affairs at PCCC and founder of the Poetry Center.  Since its founding in 1980, the Center has hosted thousands of poets of national and international reputation through workshops, readings and conferences, publishes the Paterson Literary Review and other anthologies, coordinates four literary contests, and partners with community organizations to run arts programming.