2017 FIU Student Literary Awards Reading

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Venue:Barnes & Noble at BBC

Graduate Winners & Runners-up

Winner in Nonfiction: Bertha Crombet, Asterisk: An Autobiography

Runner-up in Nonfiction: Chazz Chitwood, An Absurdity of Form

Winner in Poetry: Ariel Francisco Henriquez, Smoking a Dead Friend's Cigarette

Runner-up in Poetry: Chloe Firetto-Toomey, Cabbage Flower

Winner in Fiction: Jessica Dealing, Shitsville

Runner-up in Fiction: Jaimie Eubanks, The Skin of a Cherry Tomato

Undergraduate Winners & Runners-up

Winner in Nonfiction: Vy Thuy Tran, I Have Something to Tell You

Runner-up in Nonfiction: Elizabeth Diaz, I Can't Remember

Winner in Poetry: Alexis Beckford, In Response to Emmett Till's Accuser

Runner-up in Poetry: Camila Saavedra, The China Set We Keep

Winner in Fiction: Michael S. Garcia, The Looking Glass

Runner-up in Fiction: Michael Sheriff, Post-Race

Nonfiction judge: Suzanne Paola Suzanne Paola’s most recent book, Make Me a Mother, is a memoir and study of adoption. Awards for her poetry and prose include a New York Times Notable Book, an American Book Award, a Library Journal Best Science book of the year, a Lenore Marshall Award finalist, and a Pushcart prize. She is also co-author with Brenda Miller of Tell It Slant: Creating, Refining, and Publishing Creative Nonfiction. She serves on the faculty of Western Washington University and the international faculty of the City University of Hong Kong MFA.

Poetry judge: Oliver de la Paz Oliver de la Paz is the author of four books of poetry: Names Above Houses, Furious Lullaby, Requiem for the Orchard, and Post Subject: A Fable. He co-edited A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry with the poet Stacey Lynn Brown. He is a founding member of Kundiman, and he teaches English and Creative Writing at the College of the Holy Cross and in the Rainier Writing Workshop.

Fiction judge: Kristiana Kahakauwila Kristiana Kahakauwila’s first book, This is Paradise: Stories (Hogarth, 2013), takes as its heart the people and landscapes of contemporary Hawai’i. She is an associate professor of creative writing at Western Washington University and has served as faculty at the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing program at Oregon State University-Cascades.

Academy of American Poets Award

Winner: Chloe Firetto-Toomey

Judge: Michael Hettich

Michael Hettich is a poet and professor at Miami-Dade College and the author of more than a dozen poetry books and chapbooks. His collection, Systems of Vanishing, won the 2013 Tampa Review Prize for Poetry, and his collection, The Measured Breathing, won the 2011 Swan Scythe Press Award. Hettich has received three Florida Individual Artist fellowships as well as the Tales Prize for Swimmer Dreams in 2005.

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