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Join us for the final event of the annual collegiate poetry competition -  the judges' poetry reading and the announcement of the winner with our poet-judges Mary-Kim Arnold (left), Nathan McClain (center) and Oliver de la Paz (right). 

Mary-Kim Arnold is a writer, artist, and teacher. She is the author of The Fish & The Dove (Noemi Press) and Litany for the Long Moment (Essay Press). Other writings have appeared in Hyperallergic, Conjunctions, The Denver Quarterly, The Georgia Review, and elsewhere. Mary-Kim teaches in the Nonfiction Writing Program at Brown University. She is the recipient of a 2020 Howard Foundation Fellowship, the 2018 MacColl Johnson Fellowship, and the 2017 Fellowship in Fiction from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.She serves as Senior Editor for Collaborative & Cross-Disciplinary Texts at Tupelo Quarterly. In 2021, she was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Board of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. She also serves on the Board of the Providence Athenaeum. Adopted from Korea and raised in New York, Mary-Kim lives in Rhode Island with her husband and children.

Nathan McClain is the author of two poetry collections -- Previously Owned (2022) and Scale (2017) -- both from Four Way Books, a recipient of fellowships from The Frost Place, Sewanee Writers' Conference, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and is graduate of the M.F.A. Program for Writers at Warren Wilson. A Cave Canem fellow, his poems and prose have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Guesthouse, Poetry Northwest, The Critical Flame, Zocalo Public Square, and the Plume Anthology of Poetry 10. He currently teaches at Hampshire College and serves as poetry editor for the Massachusetts Review.

Oliver de la Paz is the author of five collections of poetry: Names Above  Houses, Furious Lullaby, Requiem for the Orchard, Post Subject: A Fable, and The  Boy in the Labyrinth which was a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award  in Poetry. He also co-edited A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of  Contemporary Persona Poetry. A founding member, Oliver serves as the co-chair of the Kundiman advisory board. He has received grants from the  NEA, NYFA, the Artist’s Trust, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and has  been awarded two Pushcart Prizes. His work has been published in journals  such as Poetry, American Poetry Review, Tin House, The Southern Review, and  Poetry Northwest. He teaches at the College of the Holy Cross and in the Low Residency MFA Program at PLU.

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