Five Cameron University students are finalists for the 2010 John G. Morris Poetry Prize. Nicole Aviles, Lawton; Cozzie Burrus, Lawton; Seth Copeland, Indiahoma; Michelle Lewis, Altus; and David Pilon, Lawton, each submitted original poems for the contest. Two winners will be announced on Saturday, April 3 during the Spring English Program banquet. The author of the first place poem will receive $250; second place will receive $150.
Fred Alsberg, Assistant Professor of English at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, serves as judge for the competition. Alsberg is the author of a chapbook of poetry, "Reassembling the Dust," and his poems have appeared widely in many magazines and journals, including "The Greensboro Review" and "The Kansas Quarterly." He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arkansas, and he was for many years the editor of "Westview: a Journal of Western Oklahoma," which is published at SWOSU.
Now in its fourth year, the John G. Morris Poetry Prize was established by Dr. John G. Morris, Professor of English, in 2006 in honor of his late mother, Marian Cary Miles Morris-Zepp. The competition is open each year to all undergraduate Cameron University students enrolled in the spring semester. Each student may submit up to five original, unpublished poems, which are judged on freshness and originality in idea, image and form; exact and precise execution of whatever the poet attempts; and usage of the right words in the right order.
Previous winners of the John G. Morris Poetry Prize are Barbara Adams, 2007; Jason Poudrier, 2008; and Joseph Pratt, 2009.
March 8, 2010\