News Release


Reese Wins Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award

Published Date7\5\2012
The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College recently announced the winners and honorable mention recipients of the 2012 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards and Mount Marty College's, Jim Reese, was among the recipients. Reese, of Yankton, SD, was given third prize for his poem, "Black Words on White Paper." The poem in its entirety can be read at http://jimreese.org/news/.

Reese is an Associate Professor of English at Mount Marty College, is the Director of the Great Plains Writers' Tour for the college, and is also Editor-in-Chief of PADDLEFISH. Reese's poetry and prose have been widely published, most recently in New York Quarterly, Poetry East, Paterson Literary Review, Louisiana Literature Review, Connecticut Review, and elsewhere. His new book GHOST ON 3RD (NYQ Books 2010) was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in letters by New York Quarterly Books and was a Finalist for the 2010 Milt Kessler Poetry Award. Since 2008, Reese has been one of five artists-in-residence throughout the country who are part of the National Endowment for the Art's interagency initiative with Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Prisons.

An awards ceremony and poetry reading for all winners will take place on February 2, 2013, in the historic Hamilton Club Building of Passaic County Community College, 32 Church Street, corner of Ellison, in downtown Paterson, New Jersey. This free program begins at 1:00 PM with Reese presenting a workshop on creative writing and publishing at the Hamilton Club that morning at 10am.

The Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards, honoring the late Allen Ginsberg's contributions to American Literature, are given annually to poets, both established and emerging. Poems are judged anonymously. Winning poems and honorable mentions are published in the following year's issue of the Paterson Literary Review with cash awards presented to winners. For more information on the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards visit www.pccc.edu/poetry.

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, and by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.