The third annual Paul Violi Prize in Poetry has been awarded to New School Alumna Alex Bennett. The prize was founded in 2011 in remembrance of Paul Violi, who was not only an esteemed and influential poet but a dedicated and caring teacher. Paul Violi taught at The New School for many years before his tragic sudden passing in 2011. The Paul Violi Prize is awarded to poets for a mastery of innovation, an astonishment of the world, and a playful intelligence in their work.
The first place winner, Alex Bennett, will receive $500 and be recognized at the School of Writing commencement ceremony. The second place winner, Atoosa Grey, will receive $250. Honorable mention goes to Clare Gibbons.
Congratulations to all of them!
Alex Bennett is from Kansas City, MO. She studied English and Education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Upon graduating from The New School's MFA program, she hopes to travel, teach, and write throughout the world. She currently lives in Brooklyn.
Atoosa Grey is a poet and singer-songwriter living in Brooklyn, NY. She has released one EP and three CD’s independently: Out of the Jar, Sound Travels Up, Night of the Deep Bloom, and most recently When the Cardinals Come. She is an MFA student at The New School. Her poems have appeared in Common Ground Review, Eunoia Review, and on the Best American Poetry Blog. You can also find her on the playground in Brooklyn with her four-year-old and eleven-month-old daughters. You can follow her on Twitter @AtoosaGrey.
Clare Gibbons is a Canadian poet who resides in Brooklyn. She loves to doodle. You can follow her on Twitter @ClareGibbons.