The Nine Mile Prize in Poetry recognizes an outstanding poem submitted by a full-time undergraduate student in the creative writing program at Le Moyne.  There are no criteria for “outstanding,” only an awareness of the craft and art of poetry, and faithfulness to the materials of the poem. The winner is selected by Nine Mile magazine editors Robert Herz and Stephen Kuusisto, receives a $50 cash prize, and publication in a forthcoming issue of Nine Mile

The 2021 Nine Mile Prize in Poetry has been awarded to Nikita Sharkey for “My Father Smiles Like Fire and I Live in the Flicker.”

Robert Herz and Stephen Kuusisto selected a runner-up, McKenna Dicamillo, whose poem “rock beats icarus” will also appear in Nine Mile.

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