Chautauqua Writing Grants


Carl Dennis. Malena Mörling. And...YOU!

At the chautauqua institution

Thursday, June 12 - Sunday, June 15, 2014

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The Writing Life may be a solitary one, but that doesn’t mean you ALWAYS have to do everything on your own. The fact is, poetry doesn’t exist in a vacuum and neither should poets work in one. Feedback and criticism are the tools that we use to sharpen our words and our work; without it we risk becoming stagnant and stale. We stop learning.

The Judges Have Spoken!

It is my great pleasure to announce that the following poets have been selected as 2014 ECPLI Chautauqua Writing Grant recipients:

Sean Cuneo

Daniel Maynard

Tracie Morell

Cee Williams

my Thanks

The success of this project depended on you, my fellow poets and community members. The response I received was modest, but outstanding. All three judges commented heavily on the difficulty of their decisions, and commended every poet’s entry. It is truly rewarding for me to be able to see our community and the talent present here in Erie, PA through the eyes of others. I want to thank all of you who submitted your hard-earned words.

I also want to thank my panel of judges who donated their time, experience, and expertise in taking the responsibility of selection off my shoulders. Thank you to:

Anna Rose Welch

An Erie poet herself, Anna attended Collegiate Academy and graduated from Allegheny College before moving on to earn a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from Bowling Green State University. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Barrow Street, Crab Orchard Review, Linebreak, Water~Stone Review, Ruminate, Gingerbread House, and Rufous City Review. Her first full-length manuscript, Noah’s Woods, was recently a semi-finalist for the OSU Press/The Journal Wheeler Prize for Poetry and the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition. Anna’s fantastic poem “This Is How You Beg” can be viewed here.

Kate Marchetto

Originally from Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, Kate Marchetto studied Poetry and Creative Writing at the University of Pittsburgh. After receiving her BA from Pitt she began serving as editor at New Fraktur Arts which published both an eponymous journal and a series of chapbooks. This experience contributed to her decision to enroll in the Master of Fine Arts program at Queens University of Charlotte, earning her degree in 2013. She recently relocated from Raleigh to Durham, North Carolina, where she owns and operates MKM Photography with her husband, Michael. Read more about Kate here.

Crystal Simone Smith

Crystal Simone Smith is the Managing Editor of Backbone Press and a successful poet. In 2011 her poems, “Numb” and “Vitals”, earned her a Pushcart Prize nomination. Her work has appeared in numerous journals including: Callaloo, Nimrod, Barrow Street, Obsidian II: Literature in the African Diaspora, African American Review, and Mobius: The Journal of Social Change. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Queens University of Charlotte and currently teaches Composition and Creative Writing at ITT Technical Institute in Durham, North Carolina where she resides with her husband and two sons. Samples of her work can be found here.