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A Trio of Prizes for New KR Fellows

Congratulations to KR’s incoming fellows, who have won major prizes within the past year.

Misha RaiMisha Rai, who begins a two-year stint in August as the fellow in prose, has won the Nonfiction Prize from Dogwood, a journal produced at Fairfield University. Her essay, “To Learn About Smoke One Must First Light a Fire,” will be published in Dogwood’s 2018 edition. Rai also received an award of $1,000.

Judge Patrick Phillips called Rai’s essay “a complex, evocative, and often funny personal essay that summons up the past in vivid detail and interrogates the family myths that can come to rule our lives. I love how deftly this piece moves between family drama and the larger political forces of Indian independence, colonialism, and feminism, and chronicles one woman’s struggle to both honor her family’s past and somehow break free from it.”

Keith S. WilsonKeith Wilson, who will be the fellow in poetry for 2018-19, received the Rumi Prize in poetry from Arts & Letters, the journal at Georgia College, for two poems, “letter begun to my future niece” and “Long Tail.” The prize carries an award of $1,000 as well as publication in a future issue of the journal.

Poetry judge Alfred Corn praised Wilson’s work for its “invention, passion, subtlety, thought, melody.” In addition, Wilson was a finalist in the nonfiction category, for “Parable of the Lobster.”

Molly McCully BrownMolly McCully Brown, the poetry fellow for 2019-20, received the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship. Established as part of the will of American poet Amy Lowell (1874-1925) and first awarded in 1953, the scholarship is given annually to a U.S.-born poet to spend one year outside North America, in a country that the recipient feels will most advance her or his work. Previous recipients have included Mary Jo Salter, Brad Leithauser, Edward Hirsch, Adrienne Rich, Robert Bly, and Elizabeth Bishop. Brown will spend a year in Bologna, Italy, before joining the Review in Gambier, Ohio, as a fellow.