Poets & Writers also congratulates 2004 California Writers Exchange Award winner, Allison Benis White, on receiving the Cleveland State University First Book Prize for her book, Self-Portrait with Crayon. White’s book is scheduled to be published by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center in April 2009.
Established in 1984, the Writers Exchange is a unique program that provides writers with significant opportunities for professional advancement. Each year, a new state is chosen to participate in the program and writers from that state are invited to submit their work according to announced contest guidelines. Outside judges choose one poet and one fiction writer for this prize. The award is named for Maureen Egen, retired Deputy Chairman and Publisher, Hachette Book Group USA. A special grant from the James Irvine Foundation has enabled P&W to offer the Writers Exchange to two writers from California every three years.