2022 Faust Sonnet Competition Winners Announced | Culture & Leisure

The winners of the 2022 Maria W. Faust Sonnet Competition were announced during a hybrid in-person/Zoom event held at the Winona Arts Center on July 30, 2022. From as far away as Malaysia, 15 of the 28 winners have read their sonnets live. on Zoom, three were read in person, and the remaining sonnets were read by Great River Shakespeare Festival company members Doug Scholz-Carlson, Melissa Maxwell and Emma Buckman. Video of the celebration can be viewed at sonnetcontest.org/events.

Since the poets remain anonymous until the end of the judging, it was particularly exciting to discover that two of the top winners came from Winona. Marcia Ratliff won in the Top Four category and Lucy Severson won in the Youth category. The winning sonnets are published on the website at sonnetcontest.org/2022-winners. Prizes totaling $3,200 were awarded to the following poets in four categories:

Top 4: “Faraway Mind” by Maithreyi Bharathi (Saratoga, Calif.), “Putin’s Mariupol” by Michael Harty (Prairie Village, Kan.), “A Death in Autumn” by Miles David Moore (Alexandria, Va.), and ” First Married Christmas” by Marcia Ratliff (Winona).

Regional (Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa): “Emergence” by Scott Lowery (Milwaukee, Wis.), “1984” by David Southward (Milwaukee), “Eve in a Bar” by Joel Van Valin (Saint Paul, Minn.), and “Turtle Lake Nocturne” by Steven R. Vogel (Rochester, Minnesota).

Youth (high school and below): “Sea Change” by Riona Duncan (Chicago, Illinois), “Sunless Shade” by Abigail Rinkenberger (Petaling Jaya, Malaysia), “The Chaser of Words” by Lucy Severson (Winona) and “Growth by Gwendolyn Taylor (Rockville, Maryland).

Choice of winners: “Uvalde” by Paul Buchheit (Chicago), “Star Symphony” by Niccolò Campus (Florence, Italy), “Rules for Trans Guys, Sonnet #2” by Max Delsohn (Syracuse, NY), “Clamdiggers” by Aaron Fischer (Fort Lee, NJ), “Lunchtime on the Block” by Jonathan Holland (Ypsilanti, Michigan), “Small Talk” by Melissa Johnson (Boalsburg, Penn.), “Widow’s Walk” by Allison Joseph (Carbondale, Ill .), “Written in Light” by Siham Karami (Orlando, Fla.), “Maple Keys and Ducklings” by Matthew King (Marmora, Ontario, Canada), “To Homer” by Anthony Knight (Billericay, UK) , “Neighbour’s Lamentation” by Charles Leggett (Seattle, Washington), “Fierce Feathers” by Lynne Page (Ventura, California), “Elegy for a County Fair Goldfish” by Joseph Paulson (Los Angeles, California), “Invisible Before Us Untouched and Still Possible” by Janet Ruth (Corrales, NM), “More” by Julia Travers (Gordonsville, Va.) and “Childhood 1919” by David Whippman (Blackpool, UK).

In 2022, 700 sonnets were received from 42 US states plus Washington, DC and 10 other countries, an increase of 15% over 2021. Entries in the Youth category increased by 50%. Thanks to the contest, poets around the world now know about Winona and our thriving artistic community.

About the Maria W. Faust Sonnet Competition

The Maria W. Faust Sonnet Competition is an annual event that welcomes entries from around the world to Winona. The competition honors the memory of Maria W. Faust: Winona State University communications graduate; a twenty-year resident of Winona; a strong supporter of varied local arts; and poetry lover. Maria’s husband, Ted Haaland, is the contest’s benefactor, with the goal of keeping Maria’s love of poetry alive in our community and beyond.

The judges for the competition are Poet Laureates from Winona, James Armstrong, Ken McCullough and Emilio DeGrazia, and Leslie Schultz from Northfield, Minn. Heidi Bryant is the contest’s general manager. Johanna Rupprecht, Steve Bachler and Jackie Henderson attended the closing event. Great River Shakespeare Festival is a partner and River Arts Alliance acts as fiscal sponsor.

To learn more about the Maria W. Faust Sonnet Competition, please visit sonnetcontest.org or email entries@sonnetcontest.org.


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