We are honored to announce the winner of the 2014 Morton Marcus Poetry Prize, Marsha De La O of Ventura, CA. Marsha's poem, "The Beautiful World," earned her the prize of $1,000.
Black Hope, by Marsha de la O, won the New Issues Poetry Prize from the University of Western Michigan and an Editor’s Choice Award. Her work is forthcoming in the anthology Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond (Pacific Coast Poetry Series), and has been anthologized in Intimate Nature: The Bond Between Women and Animals (Ballantine), Saying What Needs to Be Said (Solo Press), Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poems and Poetics from California (Greenhouse Review Press), and the poetry workshop handbook One for the Money: The Sentence as Poetic Form (Lynx House Press). A multiple Pushcart Prize nominee, she has published in journals such as Barrow Street, Passages North, Solo, and Third Coast. She and her husband, poet Phil Taggart, publish the poetry journal Askew. They are currently working on a documentary on poet/publisher Glenna Luschei, founder of Solo Press.
Marsha will be on hand to read her winning poem on Thursday night at the 5th Annual Morton Marcus Memorial Reading at Cabrillo College, Room 450 at 6:00 pm.
Featured poets at the reading are Peter Everwine and Chuck Hanzlicek.