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Shenandoah’s Glasgow Prize Awarded to Author of Book of Poetry

Shenandoah, Washington and Lee University’s renowned literary magazine, recently named Emily Rosko the winner of the 2007 Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers.

The Glasgow Prize is awarded annually to writers with only one published book in a particular genre. Rosko will receive a $2,500 cash prize, publication of new work in Shenandoah and a reading at Washington and Lee University. This marks the seventh year of Glasgow competition, but only the third year that a book of poetry has won the award.

This year’s judge, Sarah Kennedy, describes Rosko’s book Raw Goods Inventory (University of Iowa Press, 2006) as “savvy and inventive – experimental and lyrical while hinting at narratives beneath the finely-wrought surface of its poems.”

Kennedy also noted the difficulty of selecting a winner, citing “the variety of aesthetic approaches” that indicate “the vitality of the conversation that is contemporary poetry in America.”

Rosko holds degrees from Cornell and Purdue universities. She has received the Stegner, Ruth Lilly and Javits fellowships. Her poems appear in journals such as Denver Quarterly, The Beloit Poetry Journal and Another Chicago Magazine. She is currently earning a Ph.D. in creative writing at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Rosko will read from her book and sign copies at Washington and Lee University during the 2007-2008 academic year.

Kennedy is an associate professor of English at Mary Baldwin College. Her awards include fellowships from the NEA and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Her fifth collection of poems, The Witches’ Dictionary, will be published by Elixir Press in the fall.

Shenandoah editor R. T. Smith said of this year’s Glasgow competition, “We had a wonderful response to this year’s call for submissions, 166 poets from 36 states representing almost a hundred different presses.”