Creative Writing at The New School

The 6th annual Paul Violi Prize in Poetry has been awarded to New School MFA in Creative Writing student Sean Speers. The second-prize winner is Thomas Moody, and honorable mention goes to Marissa Blose. The winners receive a cash prize and will be recognized at a student and faculty reading at The New School.

The prize, which is awarded annually to a MFA Poetry candidate, was founded in 2011 in remembrance of Paul Violi. This year submissions opened to both first- and second-year students. Violi was not only an esteemed and influential poet but a dedicated and caring teacher. He taught at The New School for many years before his passing in 2011. The Paul Violi Prize was established by Violi’s friends and family, who raised funds for an annual poetry award to be given to exceptional students in his honor.

Author ImageSean Speers ("Misery Loves" and other poems) is a first-year MFA candidate in Creative Writing at The New School. His poems have appeared in Penn Review and The Dreams Journal and his articles have appeared or are forthcoming in USA Today and Fjords Review. He works for Nature Publishing Group, LIT Magazine, and The Poetry Society of New York. If Sean were a vowel he would be sometimes y.


Thomas Moody PhotoThomas Moody
 ("A Different Kind of Innocence" and other poems) is a first-year MFA Candidate in Poetry at The New School. He is Australian.





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Marissa Blose ("Blind Party" and other poems) received her Bachelor's Degree in English at Moravian College and is now in her second year of the MFA Creative Writing program at The New School. In addition to being a poet, she spends her time working as a nanny, as well as working for a nonprofit literacy program. At the end of the day, she loves to go home and snuggle with her adorable pit bull named Blazer, who is still getting used to the city life.

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