Another WOTR Member, Another Distinguished Prize!

by admin Featured Members. Posted on October 22, 2011.

WOTR Member Takes Home annual Hazel Lipa Prize

Congratulations to Write on the River Member Cynthia Neely, who has won the 2011 Hazel Lipa Prize for environmental poetry!

Cynthia is a poet from Leavenworth, Washington and an MFA student at Pacific University in Oregon. Broken Water won the 2011 Hazel Lipa prize and is now available from Iowa State University’s Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment:

Of Cynthia Neely’s Chapbook, Derek Sheffield says:

In Broken Water, Cynthia Neely begins with ancestry and ends with loss, but what persists, what weaves itself through all of these poems is wildness. This collection makes the lyrical case for sustenance in nature. Even the greatest suffering is not too much for the world of bird and wolf, seal and wave. If we can draw our gaze up from a ground littered with shotgun shells, we might catch a glimpse of “the meadowlark, bibbed and shining.” –Derek Sheffield, winner of the inaugural Hazel Lipa Chapbook Award for A Revised Account of the West (2008)

Way to go, Cynthia!