2016 Hillary Gravendyk Prize Winners
National: Traces of a Fifth Column by Marco Maisto
Regional: Gods Will for Monsters by Rachelle Cruz
“Traces of a Fifth Column,” the National winner of this year’s Hilary Gravendyk Prize, is a manuscript composed as of a series of dense, lively fragments across a wide canvas, each of which are more than capable of carrying the weight of the entire collection. “Traces of a Fifth Column” is a rich, meditative collage of essay-sketches that attempt to comprehend, through exploring meaning, language and being.
In God’s Will for Monsters Cruz guides the reader through the uncharted roads of experimental poetry. Cruz maps out a singular journey using narrative prose, faux scholarly excerpts and even seemingly banal transactions to light the way. This extraordinary work creates a stirring atlas of the author’s own life, history and ethnicity that allows the reader to become a local, a friend and a fellow traveler.
Megan Gravendyk Estrella
National Runners Up:
Letdown by Sonia Greenfield
In This Housing by Mary Wilson
Eyelets Under Sun by Lauren Henley
Wild Embrace by Tim Hatch