California author Mark Irwin wins 2018 Levine Prize for Poetry

Author Mark Irwin

By Jefferson Beavers, Communication Specialist for the Creative Writing Program

The Fresno State Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing announced California author Mark Irwin as the winner of the 2018 Philip Levine Prize for Poetry book contest, which includes a $2,000 award and publication of his 10th book, “Shimmer.”

The Creative Writing Program sponsors the national prize, which honors Levine, the late poet and professor emeritus who was a founder of Fresno State’s poetry writing program, a 1995 Pulitzer Prize winner in poetry and the 2011 poet laureate of the United States. The prize is co-sponsored in partnership with Florida-based Anhinga Press, which has published poetry books since 1974.

C.G. Hanzlicek, the Levine Prize final judge and award-winning poet and Fresno State professor emeritus, chose Irwin’s manuscript as the winner. There were 809 manuscript submissions.

Read more on FresnoStateNews.com

(Graduate assistant Kirk Alvaro Lua contributed to this report.)

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