Each year the Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Project commemorates poet-activist Lexi Rudnitsky (1972-2005) by holding two book contests to memorialize Lexi and to promote the type of meaningful poetry in which she so spiritedly believed. The winners are published by Persea Books. Join us as we welcome today's extraordinary readers and prizewinners.
Karen Donovan is the author of two books of poetry, Fugitive Red and Your Enzymes Are Calling the Ancients, winner of the 2015 Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Choice Award. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
Mitchell L. H. Douglas is the author of three books of poetry, including, dying in the scarecrow’s arms, /blak/ /al-fə bet/, winner of the 2011 Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Choice Award, and Cooling Board: A Long Playing Poem. He is a cofounder of the Affrilachian Poets and Associate Professor of English at IUPUI.
Cynthia Marie Hoffman is the author of three books of poetry, including Call Me When You Want to Talk About the Tombstones, and Sightseer, winner of the 2010 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
Susannah Nevison is the author of two books of poetry, Lethal Theater and Teratology, which won the 2014 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize. She teaches at Sweet Briar College in southwestern Virginia.
Valencia Robin’s first book of poetry, Ridiculous Light, won the 2018 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize. She is a visual artist as well as a poet, and currently living in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Gary Young is the author of, most recently, That’s What I Thought, which won the 2017 Lexi Rudnitky Editor’s Choice Award. He is a past recipient of the Shelley Memorial Medal and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. A printmaker, his art is represented in numerous collections, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Getty Center for the Arts.