Sarah Huener wins Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize

SONY DSCSarah Huener (Poetry ’13) has won the Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize!  She wrote the prize-winning poem, “To Pluto,” while in the MFA program at BU.  The competition is held annually by StorySouth and was judged by poet Sarah Rose Nordgren this year.

From the poem:

It was only afterward
we found our figures

false, learned we had climbed
ghost ladders to accidental height.

We’d followed numbers
into night to scan

for matter, discovered
you, distant almost-planet—

but in the end you let
too many others in…

Read the full poem here.  Congratulations, Sarah!

Sarah Huener received her BA from UNC Chapel Hill and her MFA from Boston University, after which she traveled in Croatia and Israel as a Robert Pinsky Global Fellow. Sarah’s recent work can or will be found in The Collagist, New Delta Review, the Greensboro Review, Salamander, and in the North Carolina volume of the Southern Poetry Anthology (Texas Review Press, 2015). She was named the winner of the 2016 Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize for her poem “To Pluto,” and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Sarah reviews poetry for the North Carolina Literary Review.

One Comment

Ali Imran posted on December 30, 2016 at 6:37 PM

Congratulations Sarah.

I read the poem and it is amazing.

“false, learned we had climbed
ghost ladders to accidental height. ”

This one is too deep. 🙂

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