Best American Poetry Poem Contest #1

John Lawrence Ashbery, guest editor of the inaugural volume in The Best American Poetry series in 1988, has the same middle name as an American poet of note, born in the nineteenth century, whose work appears in The Oxford Book of American Poetry. Name him and write a sonnet — rhymed or unrhymed — comparing the two poets.

Peter Shippy poetry contest winner
Peter Jay Shippy was born in Niagara Falls, New York and educated at Northwestern University, Emerson College, and the University of Iowa, where he received an MFA. His first book, Thieves' Latin (University of Iowa Press) won the 2002 Iowa Poetry Prize. BlazeVOX Books published Alphaville, an abecedarian suite, in 2006. Rose Metal Press will release How to Build the Ghost in Your Attic in 2007. Shippy has been awarded writing fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2005 he received a Gertrude Stein Award for innovative poetry. He teaches at Emerson College.

Artist Maureen Thorson is a poet and artist in Washington, D.C. More of her work can be seen at Big Game Books.

See the winners for 2008 and 2009.
Bricolage of Little J.A. by Peter Shippy
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