Publications & Prizes
Leave Smoke awarded the 2020 Housatonic Book Award for Poetry by the Western Connecticut State University’s MFA in Creative and Professional Writing. Each award carries a $1000 honorarium, $500 travel stipend. "The award winner will be our guest at a residency of the MFA in Creative and Professional Writing at Western Connecticut State University to give a public reading and a one-day, three-hour workshop with MFA students. The mission of the Housatonic Book Awards is to promote excellent writing, to identify authors who serve as professional role models for writing students." Leave Smoke awarded Runner-Up in Poetry in the 2020 San Francisco Book Festival annual competition honoring the best books of the spring. Single poem chosen as First Place in the 2018 Frank O'Hara Poetry Prize compettion sponsored by Worcester County Poetry Association and published in The Worcester Review. Manuscript, H E X, chosen as Semi-Finalist in the 2017 Washington Prize Word Works Prize competition. Single poem selected as 2nd Place in The Frank O’Hara Prize sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Associate and published in The Worcester Review, 2017. Awarded Artist-in-Residence by the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts as part of their 2017 residency season. Chapbook, Leave Smoke, selected as an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Concrete Wolf Poetry Chapbook contest. Finalist for a single poem in the 2017 Lascaux Review Poetry Contest with publication; Single poem selected as one of ten shortlisted poems in the 2017 Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize competition out of 2,200 total submissions and published in Southword. Honorable Mention in the 2016 inaugural Steve Kowit Poetry Contest. Honorable Mention in the 42nd 2016 New Millennium Award for Poetry competition. Third Place in the 2016 Connecticut River Review Poetry Contest. Awarded Artist-in-Residence by the Fairhope Center for the Writing Arts as part of their 2018 residency season. Tenth Place in the 2016 Poetry Super Highway Poetry Contest selected from 865 total poems. Awarded Artist-in-Residence by Djerassi's Winter Writing Residency Alumni Program for Dec., 2016. Chapbook manuscript, Leave Smoke, awarded 5th Place in the Sow’s Ear 2016 Chapbook contest. Single poem selected as Honorable Mention in the 14th Annual Gival Press Oscar Wilde Award. Manuscript, HEX, chosen as Finalist in the 2016 Marsh Hawk Poetry Book Competition judged by Mark Doty; Single poem selected by D.A. Powell for the First Place prize in the Hugo House 2016 Hugo Literary Series New Works Contest on a theme. Manuscript, HEX, selected as Finalist in the 2015 Brittingham/Pollak Book Prizes with twenty-six other poets from 900 total entries. Single poem selected as Finalist in the 2015 Poetry International Poetry Contest. Poem selected as Finalist in the 2015 Joy Harjo Poetry Contest sponsored by Cutthroat...A Journal of the Arts. Poem selected for a professionally designed broadside by Broadsided Press (available for vectorizing in Aug., 2016). Awarded Artist-in-Residence by Djerassi's Winter Writing Residency Alumni Program for Dec., 2015. Two poems selected as Honorable Mentions in the 2015 Littoral Broadside Contest. Runner Up in Fugue's 2015 Poetry Contest and published in their fall anniversary issue (Kevin Prufer, judge). Honorable Mention in the 2015 Gival Press Oscar Wilde Award competition. First Place in the 2014 Red Hen Poetry Contest judged by William Trowbridge (poem published in Los Angeles Review, 2015); Finalist in the 2004, 2009, 2014 & 2016 Paumanok Poetry Contest sponsored by the Visiting Writers Program at Farmingdale State University; Finalist in the 13th Annual Gival Press Oscar Wilde Award, 2014. Song cycle based on poems selected & scored from Soot (Seven Kitchens Press, 2010) by NYC composer David Sisco performed at Carnegie Hall on 11/14/14; Honorable Mention in Winning Writer's 2013 Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest for "Bus Ride"; Semi-finalist in Grayson Books 2013 competiton selected by Martha Silano; Semi-finalist in the River Styx 2013 International Poetry Competition; awarded a full scholarship to attend The Sun Magazine's 2012 retreat at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA; 2009 Keystone Chapbook Prize ("Soot" currently in its 3rd printing [published 2010]); Finalist in Alligator Juniper’s 2009 National Writing Contest and published in the 2010 issue; Artisit-in-Residence fellowship for the month of Oct., 2009 & April, 2017 by Kalani Eco-village on the Big Island of Hawaii; one of three Honorable Mentions in the 2009 Littoral Press Broadside Contest (selected by Gary Young); Davoren Hanna International Poetry Competition (selected by Billy Collins & Carol Anne Duffy [3rd Place, 2002]); Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry & Prose 2004 Poetry Competition (Finalist [chosen by A.E. Stallings]); Hill-Stead Museum’s Sunken Garden Chapbook Poetry Competition (2nd Place, 2004); Whiskey Island’s 2004 Poetry Competition (1st Place); Oscar Wilde Award (2002 & 2004, Gival Press); New Millennium Poetry Prize XIII (1st Place, 2002); one of fifty semi-finalists in the 2006 “Discovery”/The Nation contest; 'Editor's Choice Award' in the anthology, "Re-pulped" (Gay City, 2010).