In first place was Grand Junction resident Quentin Collier’s poem, “Thirty Years to My Birth.” Grand Junction’s Beth McKee’s “My Children at the Ute Monument” took second, and Greeley’s Robert W. King took third for his poem, “Naming Names.”
The awards carried prizes of $250, $150 and $100.
Art Goodtimes hosted the ceremonies, held Tuesday, April 28, at Wilkinson Library. The Mark Fischer Poetry Prize, sustained by Mark’s widow, Elaine Fischer and the Fischer family, honors the memory of Telluride’s much-loved poet, lawyer, skier and raconteur.
Telluride resident Mark Fischer was a daring experimenter who combined a polyglot’s command of numerous languages with a quirky sense of humor and a passion for words; his widow and family organized the annual awards ceremony . This year’s prizes were awarded to entries best exhibiting originality, novelty, complex meaning, linguistic skill and wit. Winners were judged and selected by the 2007 winner of the award, Grand Junction poet Wendy Videlock.
Honorable Mentions went to poets Beth Paulson, James Waddell, Beth McKee, Amy Cannon, Gary Browner, Quentin Collier, Sandra Dorr, Barbara Test, Jill Burkey and Anita Jepson-Gilbert.