Asheville-based poet Katherine Soniat has been named the winner of this year's Oscar Arnold Young Award for the best book of poetry from North Carolina. Soniat's book is titled The Swing Girl.
According to a press release, "Soniat is the author of four previous books and has a fifth, A Raft, A Boat, A Bridge, forthcoming from Dream Horse Press later this year. Formerly a professor at Hollins University and Virginia Tech, she currently teaches in the Great Smokies Writing Program of the University of NC at Asheville.
"Soniat will receive a cash prize for this honor and give a reading at the Council’s annual Poetry Day to be held this year on April 14 at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, NC. Poems from her book will also be featured in the Council’s annual awards anthology, Bay Leaves, to be released at Poetry Day."
Julie Suk of Charlotte was named first runner-up for Lie Down with Me: New and Selected Poems; Susan Lefler of Brevard and Joanna Catherine Scott of Chapel Hill received honorable mentions for Rendering the Bones and An Innocent in the House of the Dead, resectively.
According to the press release, "All of the winning poets will be invited to read at Poetry Day. The Poetry Council sponsors and facilitates a total of 9 annual contests. The results from the other contests will be released in the next few weeks. Information about the Council and the contests can be found at www.poetrycouncilofnc.wordpress.com."
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