Above is an Arts News item about a local writer making good in a national market. Now we flipflop things and report that this year's Sawtooth Poetry Prize, an annual award given by Ahsahta Press, Boise State's poetry press, has been awarded-all $1,500 of it-to Karla Kelsey, a poet from Denver, Colorado.
Kelsey's manuscript, Knowledge, Forms, the Aviary, will be published by Ahsahta Press next January. Heidi Lynn Staples's Dog Girl was the runner-up and, though she didn't take the prize, Staples's manuscript will also be published by Ahsahta.
Kelsey's manscript was one of 580 entries received, 43 semifinalists and 20 finalists considered in the 2005 Sawtooth Poetry Prize competition. Carolyn Forch, of George Mason University, with assistance from graduate students in her MFA course in small press publishing, judged this year's competition.
Kelsey's Knowledge, Forms, the Aviary is the fourth winner of the Sawtooth Poetry Prize.
Learn more about Ahsahta Press on the Web at http://ahsahtapress.boisestate.edu/.