Ellen Stone has won the 2013 Michigan Writers Cooperative Press chapbook contest. Her poetry collection, “The Solid Living World,” will be published and available in June. Stone teaches at Community High School in Ann Arbor where she lives with her husband and three daughters. She has been writing poems since graduating from Antioch College in the early 1980s. She joined Michigan Writers after falling in love with northwestern Michigan, land reminiscent of the rolling hills and rivers where she grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Stone’s manuscript captured the heads and hearts of all the judges. Widely acclaimed poet Laura Kasischke says of Stone’s manuscript, “This is important poetry, linking the human experience to the natural world. It has some of the best elements of fiction, but there’s no doubt that these poems are songs–musical and memorable and full of vivid imagery.”
Established in 2006, the MWCP seeks to recognize emerging writers by publishing limited edition chapbooks of poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. Past winners have gone on to receive fellowships, residencies, and to have full-length collections accepted for publication at other presses. This year, the final judges of the contest were three celebrated authors: Laura Kasischke, Keith Taylor, and Matt Rigney.
The chapbooks will be launched on the evening of Sunday, June 16th at the Interlochen Arts Academy Writer’s House. The event is free and open to the public. For details, please visit our website: http://www.michwriters.org/.