Thanks to "anonymous," I looked up the winner of the 2007 Sawtooth Poetry Prize:
Ahsahta Press is delighted to announce the winner of its sixth annual Sawtooth Poetry Prize competition: Rusty Morrison of Richmond, California, whose manuscript the true keeps calm biding its story was selected by Peter Gizzi. She will receive the $1,500 prize in addition to the publication of her book by Ahsahta Press in January 2008. Read the rest here...
C.D. Wright will judge the 2008 contest.
Be afraid, be very afraid.
Rusty Morrison and her husband Ken Keegan are founders of Omnidawn Publishing: a publication founded "to create books that are most closely aligned with each author's vision, and to provide an interactive and rewarding publishing experience for poets and writers."
"She was the winner of the 10th Annual Colorado Prize for Poetry (2004) judged by Forrest Gander for her poetry collection, Whethering, published by Center for Literary Publishing and distributed by the University Press of Colorado. She is also the winner of the 2006 Cecil Hemley Memorial Award and co-winner of the 2003 Robert H. Winner Memorial Award, both from the Poetry Society of America. She also co-edits the poetry journal 26, which is affiliated with the Saint Mary's MFA program."
Finalists for the 2007 Sawtooth Poetry Prize:
Geri Lynn Baumblatt, Chicago, Illinois, Atlas of a Cul-de-sac
Oni Buchanan, Brighton, Massachusetts, Spring
Adam Clay, Kalamazoo, Michigan, Nodaway River
Joshua Corey, Ithaca, New York, Windlestrae
Donna de la Perrière, Oakland, California, Saint Erasure
Rebecca Morgan Frank, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Everyday Disaster
Anthony Hawley, Lincoln, Nebraska, Autobiography/Oughtabiography
Stephanie Heit, Frankfort, Michigan, Quiet Anatomy
Brenda Iijima, Brooklyn, New York, If Not Metamorphic (runner-up)
Alice Jones, Berkeley, California, Plunge
Jim Klein, Rutherford, New Jersey, I Didn’t Know if I Was Afoot or on Horseback
Rusty Morrison, Richmond, California, the true keeps calm biding its story (winner)
Danielle Pafunda, Shelburne, New Hampshire, Iatrogenic: Their Testimonies
Karin Randolph, Brooklyn, New York, Blitz
Richard A. Reid, Brooklyn, New York, to be hung from the ceiling by strings of varying length
Evelyn Reilly, Hillsdale, New York, Reverse Landscapes
Andrea Rexilius, Denver, Colorado, A HEM
Christopher Schmidt, Brooklyn, New York, The Next in Line
Brandon Shimoda, Missoula, Montana, O Bon
Michael Slosek, Chicago, Illinois, Artificial Origins
Ashley VanDoorn, Lawrenceville, Georgia, Devices
G.C. Waldrep, Gambier, Ohio, Archicembalo
Semifinalists for 2007 Sawtooth Poetry Prize:
Angus Bennett, Austin, Texas, Stomachion
Jessica Bozek, Beverly, Massachusetts, The Bodyfeel Lexicon
Julie Carr, Denver, Colorado, I, Minimus
Jennifer Denrow, Saint Louis, Missouri, A Knee for a Life
Shira Dentz, Salt Lake City, Utah, Diagram of a Voice
Janet Kaplan, Brooklyn, New York, Dreamlife of a Philanthropist
Jennifer MacKenzie, Portland, Oregon, With Its Brightness
Dora Malech, Bethesda, Maryland, Say So
Sarah Mangold, Seattle, Washington, Everything About How
Malinda Markham, Tokyo, Japan, Who Came Running
Susan McCabe, Santa Monica, California, Descartes’ Nightmare
Mary Molinary, Memphis, Tennessee, Feast of Anonymous
L.J. Moore, San Francisco, California, F-STEIN
Rusty Morrison, Richmond, California, Beyond the Chainlink
Kristin Naca, Seattle, Washington, Bird Eating Bird
Christopher Rizzo, Albany, New York, 33 Days in the Month of Kid
Donna Stonecipher, Seattle, Washington, The Cosmopolitan
Allison Titus, Richmond, Virginia, Barter, Fasten
Leila Wilson, Chicago, Illinois, The Hundred Grasses
Terence Winch, Silver Spring, Maryland, Lift from Below
Lynn Xu, Brooklyn, New York, For an Expedient Return to Wilderness
I wonder: Is Rusty Morrison's work really that good that she would win this contest and place as a semi-finalist?
I would say that she is well-connected. But I'll let you all judge for yourself.