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University of Georgia Contemporary Poetry Series

Judges and Their Selections

Round Won Title Author Pub Year Outside Judge Collusion
JANUARY 2004LORD BRAINBruce Beasley2005Cole SwensenBruce Beasley assures me that there was no collusion. I had asked Bruce about the relationship between him and Swensen; he did not respond to the email, which was not signed. I regret the error.
JANUARY 2004DRAWING OF A SWAN BEFORE MEMORYLaynie Browne2005Cole Swensen We suspect the judge recognized this manuscript as that of a friend and/or student.
SEPTEMBER 2003FLUORESCENCEJennifer K. Dick2004Cole Swensen Dick and Swensen knew each other
SEPTEMBER 2003MEAD Julie Carr2004Cole Swensen We suspect the judge recognized this manuscript as that of a friend and/or student.
JANUARY 2003DWELLING SONGSally Keith2004Fanny Howe 
JANUARY 2003OF THEE I SINGTimothy Liu2004Fanny Howe 
SEPTEMBER 2002WHAT ANIMALOni Buchanan2003Fanny Howe 
SEPTEMBER 2002THE BOOK OF MOTIONTung-Hui Hu2003Fanny Howe 
JANUARY 2002VERTICAL ELEGIES 5Sam Truitt2003C. D. Wright Truitt was Wright's student.
JANUARY 2002THE BLAZE OF POUIMark McMorris2003C. D. Wright McMorris was Wright's student.
SEPTEMBER 2001DARE SAYTod Marshall2002C. D. Wright Ramke was interviewed by Marshall for his book.
SEPTEMBER 2001THE RESERVOIRDonna Stonecipher2002C. D. Wright 
JANUARY 2001DARK WOULD (the missing person)Liz Waldner2002Forrest Gander 
JANUARY 2001THE VIOLENCE OF THE MORNINGCal Bedient2002Forrest GanderBedient and Gander are now both editors of the California Series. Gander did not know Bedient at the time of the selection for Georgia.
SEPTEMBER 2000SAUNTERJoshua McKinney2001Forrest Gander 
SEPTEMBER 2000BY REASON OF BREAKINGSAndrew Zawacki2001Forrest Gander 
JANUARY 2000THE GAUGUIN ANSWER SHEETDennis Finnell2001Mark Strand 
JANUARY 2000THE DOWNSTREAM EXTREMITY OF THE ISLE OF SWANSMary Jo Bang2001Mark Strand 
SEPTEMBER 1999A CRASH OF RHINOSPaisley Rekdal2000Mark Strand Rekdal teaches at Utah, where Strand taught.
SEPTEMBER 1999THEY ARE SLEEPINGJoanna Klink2000Mark Strand Klink was Strand's student.
JANUARY 1999CIVILIAN HISTORIESLee Upton2000Jorie Graham Upton is a contributing editor of the Denver Quarterly, edited by Ramke.
JANUARY 1999O WHEELPeter Sacks2000Jorie Graham Sacks is Graham's husband and colleague.
SEPTEMBER 1998ASSEMBLING THE SHEPHERDTessa Rumsey1999James Galvin Rumsey was Galvin's student
SEPTEMBER 1998HOTEL IMPERIUMRachel Loden1999James Galvin 
JANUARY 1998THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOUAndy Robbins1999Brenda Hillman 
JANUARY 1998AFTER I WAS DEADLaura Mullen1999Brenda Hillman Mullen and Hillman are friends.
SEPTEMBER 1997ALLEGORY OF THE SUPERMARKETStephanie Brown1998Brenda Hillman 
SEPTEMBER 1997DEER TABLE LEGSKatayoon Zandvakili1998Brenda Hillman 
JANUARY 1997THE PATRIOTChristopher Davis1998Donald Revell Davis was student of Graham, who edits CR with Revell
JANUARY 1997EYETROUBLEMartha Ronk1998Donald Revell 
SEPTEMBER 1996INCORRECT DISTANCESTracy Philpot1997Donald Revell Philpot is a DU graduate
SEPTEMBER 1996OF PISCATORMartin Corless-Smith1997Donald Revell Revell taught Corless-Smith
JANUARY 1996VIRIDIANPaul Hoover1997Marvin Bell 
JANUARY 1996THE RED WINDOWPamela Stewart1997Marvin Bell 
SEPTEMBER 1995THE BLACK REEDSMark McMorris1997Jorie Graham Wright taught McMorris.  Graham and Wright taught together.
SEPTEMBER 1995THE FUGITIVE KINDAustin Hummel1997Jorie Graham 
JANUARY 1995THE SECULARISTClaudia Keelan1997Ann Lauterbach Keelan's husband Revell worked with Ramke for many years.
JANUARY 1995APPROXIMATE DARLINGLee Upton1996Ann Lauterbach Upton and Ramke edit DQ
SEPTEMBER 1994BIRDS OF THE NIGHT SKY/STARS OF THE FIELDPamela Gross1995Dave Smith 
SEPTEMBER 1994EVERY SUBSTANCE CLOTHEDKathleen Halme1995Dave Smith 
JANUARY 1994BELOVED BEASTDennis Finnell1995Albert Goldbarth 
JANUARY 1994MERE MORTALSTerese Svoboda1995Albert Goldbarth 
SEPTEMBER 1993TEKIARichard Chess1994Dara Wier 
SEPTEMBER 1993GREEN WEBJuan Delgado1994Dara Wier 
JANUARY 1993CONVERSATIONS WITH SURVIVORSJacqueline Osherow1994Robert Pinsky 
JANUARY 1993FIGURES FOR THE GHOSTScott Cairns1994Robert Pinsky 
SEPTEMBER 1992BAG o DIAMONDSSusan Wheeler1994Lynn Emanuel 
SEPTEMBER 1992POSTMORTEMMaurice Kilwein Guevara1994Lynn Emanuel 
JANUARY 1992CASTING SEQUENCESMarjorie Wellish1993Ann Lauterbach 
JANUARY 1992A HISTORY OF SMALL LIFE ON A WINDY PLANETMartha Collins1993Ann Lauterbach 
SEPTEMBER 1991CUPSCandice Favilla1992Heather McHugh 
SEPTEMBER 1991EMPIRICAL EVIDENCESteve Kronen1992Heather McHugh We suspect that McHugh taught Kronen at Warren Wilson
JANUARY 1991AMERICAN GOTHICJonathan Holden1992Charles Simic 
JANUARY 1991APART FROM SOLITUDE (withdrawn from competition after winning)Donald Revellnot publishedCharles Simic Revell taught with Ramke at that time
SEPTEMBER 1990RESTLESS MESSENGERSNorman Finkelstein1992Robert Hass 
SEPTEMBER 1990HARMING OTHERSCasey Finch1992Robert Hass 
JANUARY 1990HEAVEN AND EARTH: A COSMOLOGYAlbert Goldbarth1991Stanley Plumly 
JANUARY 1990STRING LIGHTC.D. Wright1991Stanley Plumly 
SEPTEMBER 1989EMPTY SLEEVESSidney Wade1991Carolyn Forche 
SEPTEMBER 1989THE OUTLAW JAMES COPELAND AND THE CHAMPION-BELTED EMPRESSJeanne Lebow1991Carolyn Forche 
JANUARY 1989THE TRANSLATION OF BABELScott Cairns1990Carl Dennis 
JANUARY 1989ECHOES OF THE UNSPOKENWayne Dodd1990Carl Dennis Ohio connection?
SEPTEMBER 1988DESIRE IN L.A.Martha Ronk1990Richard Howard 
SEPTEMBER 1988A DROWNING MAN IS NEVER TALL ENOUGHPatrick Lawler1989Richard Howard 
JANUARY 1988TO NEWFOUNDLANDCaroline Knox1989Richard Howard 
JANUARY 1988NEW SCIENCEJ.T. Barbarese1989Richard Howard 
SEPTEMBER 1987LOOKING FOR ANGELS IN NEW YORKJacquelin Osherow1988Richard Howard 
SEPTEMBER 1987TEMPLES AND FIELDSPhillis Levin1989Richard Howard 
JANUARY 1987TWENTIETH CENTURY WOMENArthur Vogelsang1988John AshberryArthur Vogelsang has edited APR since 1973. John Ashbery was given the American Poetry Review's Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Award in 1983 and 1995. The APR editors are the judges. Ashbery picked Vogelsang's book in 1987. Not to mention the countless times Ashbery has been in APR, including covers of APR in July/August of 1979 and July/August 1983 (and after the fact in Jan/Feb 1995 and Nov/Dec 2005).
JANUARY 1987THE GAZA OF WINTERDonald Revell1988John Ashberry Revell taught with Ramke at that time
SEPTEMBER 1986THE CEDAR CANOEJoseph Duemer1987Stanley Plumly 
SEPTEMBER 1986CUSTOMSKaren Fish1987Stanley Plumly 
JANUARY 1986THE HIVESusan Stewart1987Dave Smith 
JANUARY 1986NO SIGNSydney Lea1987Dave Smith 
SEPTEMBER 1985THE GLASS CHILDRENRichard Cole1986Linda Pastan 
SEPTEMBER 1985CHINESE ARCHITECTUREAleda Shirley1986Linda Pastan 
JANUARY 1985FALLING AWAKEGary Margolis1986Bill Matthews 
JANUARY 1985SOMETIMES MUSIC RISESWayne Dodd1986Bill Matthews 
SEPTEMBER 1984UNDER THE BLUE MOONJ.T. Barbarese1985Stanley Plumly 
SEPTEMBER 1984ALL ABERRATIONTerese Svoboda1985Stanley Plumly 
JANUARY 1984THE MONKEY WARSBruce Weigl1985Gary Gildner 
JANUARY 1984CROSS TIESX.J. Kennedy1985Gary Gildner 
SEPTEMBER 1983THE MAKE-UP OF ICEPaul Zarzyski1984David Bottoms 
SEPTEMBER 1983HOTEL FIESTALynn Emanuel1984David Bottoms 
JANUARY 1983TO THE WREAKERS OF HAVOCMichael Hefferman1984Richard Shelton 
JANUARY 1983MOON SEEN AS A SLICE OF PINEAPPLEConrad Hilberry1984Richard Shelton 
SEPTEMBER 1982HOUSE PARTYCaroline Knox1984Jim Tate Mass. connection?
SEPTEMBER 1982AMERICAN LIGHTMichael Pettit1984Jim Tate Mass. connection?
JANUARY 1982WINTER OYSTERSBrendan Galvin1883Dave Smith 
JANUARY 1982WEATHER-FEARJohn Engels1983Dave Smith 
JANUARY 1982ONE-LEGGED ON ICEDannie Abse1983Dave Smith 
SEPTEMBER 1981THE DAY WE STILL STAND HEREGary Margolis1983Mona Van Duyn 
SEPTEMBER 1981PROUD AND ON MY FEETJ.W. Rivers1983Mona Van Duyn 
JANUARY 1981THE SCIENCE OF GOODBYESMyra Sklarew1982Roland Fint WashingtonDC connection?
JANUARY 1981NEW AND SELECTED POEMSTony Connor1982Roland Fint 
SEPTEMBER 1980ROWING ACROSS THE DARKFranz Douskey1981William Stafford 
SEPTEMBER 1980AMARANTHLaurie Sheck1981William Stafford 
JANUARY 1980WHITE MONKEYSBin Ramke1981Stanley Lindberg 
JANUARY 1980VIVALDI IN EARLY FALLJohn Engels1981Stanley Lindberg 
SEPTEMBER 1979THE NIGHT WONT SAVE ANYONEMarcia Southwick1980Linda Pastan 
SEPTEMBER 1979DAMESusan Astor1980Linda Pastan 
Information courtesy of the State of Georgia Open Records Act.

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