We are delighted to announce that Mary Quade’s work has been selected as the winner of the inaugural 2107 David Hamilton Prize for Iowa Review Alumni. This year’s contest was for poetry. As winner, Quade will receive a $1,000 prize, and her work will be published in the Spring 2018 issue of The Iowa Review. Many thanks to all who submitted their work to the prize.
Poet and essayist Mary Quade is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the author of the poetry collections Guide to Native Beasts (Cleveland State University Poetry Center) and Local Extinctions (Gold Wake). Her work has been awarded an Oregon Literary Fellowship and three Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards in both poetry and prose. She is an associate professor of English at Hiram College, where she teaches creative writing, and she lives in Madison, Ohio.
The David Hamilton Prize was founded to honor the editorship, mentorship, and friendship of David Hamilton, who served as editor of The Iowa Review for more than 30 years. In this spirit of Hamilton’s support and encouragement of his students and their writing, the contest is open to anyone who has ever worked for The Iowa Review, whether as paid staff or volunteer reader. The David Hamilton Prize for Iowa Review Alumni will continue biennially and is funded by a generous contribution from anonymous donors; the next contest will be in 2019 and is open to nonfiction submissions.