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ILLINOIS ARTS COUNCIL AGENCY ANNOUNCES
2014 LITERARY AWARDS PROGRAM RECIPIENTS
The Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) is pleased to announce the 2014 Literary Awards Program recipients. The Literary Awards Program recognizes Illinois writers and promotes greater awareness of non-commercial publishing in the state. Eligible not-for-profit literary magazines nominate Illinois writers recently featured in their publications.
Ten companion awards of $1,000 were given to both the Illinois writers and the magazines which published their work.
Jeffrey Allen for the poem “Johnny” published in RHINO, 2013
Kyle Churney for the poem “Desert Ghazal” published in RHINO, 2013
Stephen Frech for the poem “Enough, Not Enough” published in Ninth Letter, Vol. 10, No. 2
Roxane Gay for the creative non-fiction work “To Scratch, Claw or Grope Clumsily or Frantically” published in Ninth Letter, Vol. 9, No. 2
Abby Geni for the fiction work “In the Spirit Room” published in Crab Orchard Review, Vol. 17, No. 2
Elizabeth Klise von Zerneck for the poem “Rainforests of Illinois” published in Crab Orchard Review, Vol. 17, No. 2
Virginia Konchan for the poem “Zsa Zsa Gabor Learns to Read” published in RHINO, 2013
Paul Martinez-Pompa for the poem “Look” published in Make: A Literary Magazine, #3
Edward Kelsey Moore for the creative non-fiction work “Piaf and Roadkill” published in Ninth Letter, Vol. 9, No. 2
Sterling Plumpp for the poem “Mississippi Suite” published in TriQuarterly, Vol. 143
Literary Arts professionals, serving as jurors, evaluated Literary Awards Program Applications and made recommendations to the IACA Board.
Sumita Chakraborty, Assistant Poetry Editor, Agni Magazine, Boston, MA
Charles, Harris, Emeritus Professor of English, Illinois State University, Bloomington, IL
Elise McHugh, Senior Acquisitions Editor, University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, NM
The Illinois Arts Council Agency is funded by the Illinois General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The IACA serves the people of Illinois through a variety of grants and services primarily geared to support the Illinois arts sector, advance arts education, foster creativity, and drive the economic vitality of the state.