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Wilkes University Creative Writing Student Jeremiah Blue Awarded 2016 Etruscan Prize

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (June 25, 2016) – Jeremiah Blue, of Phoenix, Ariz., was awarded the Etruscan Prize at the Wilkes University Graduate Creative Writing program’s closing banquet held on June 24, 2016. The Etruscan Prize is awarded each year to a member of the Wilkes Creative Writing student community who submits one page of any genre (prose, script, poetry or play) that sings. This was the seventh consecutive year Etruscan Press awarded a Wilkes University creative writing graduate student for their writing excellence.

Blues’s untitled submission was the prize winner. This was the third year the Etruscan Prize was awarded for a work of memoir. Prize recipients from prior years were awarded for works of fiction, memoir, and poetry. Blue is pursuing his master of arts in the creative qriting program. Wilkes faculty member Beverly Donofrio has served as Blue’s mentor.

Etruscan author Tim Seibles judged the award. Seibles commented about Blue’s work, saying, “What set this work apart, for me, was the rich sense of detail and the creeping intensity with which the author presented this character's desperation. I didn't see the to be or not to be moment coming until it was suddenly right there! It was like being blindsided in the best readerly way.”

Born in Philadelphia in 1955, Seibles has received fellowships from both the Provincetown Fine Arts Center and The National Endowment for the Arts. He also won the Open Voice Award from the 63rd Street Y in New York City. His book of poems Fast Animal (Etruscan Press, 2012) was named a finalist for a National Book Award and received the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award. Seibles was also awarded the triennial Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize for Fast Animal.

His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals including Indiana Review, Black Renaissance Noire, Huizache, Cortland Review, Ploughshares Massachusetts Review and Beloit Poetry Journal. His poem, “Allison Wolff,” was anthologized in Best American Poetry 2010.

Seibles lives in Norfolk, Virginia, where he is a member of the English Department and MFA in writing faculty of Old Dominion University. He is a teaching board member of the Muse Writers Workshop. He also teaches part-time for the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA in Writing Program, a low-residency program that features writers from all over the country. A highly active ambassador for poetry, he presents his work nationally and internationally at universities, high schools, cultural centers, and literary festivals. He has been a featured author in the Vancouver International Writers Festival in Vancouver, Canada, in the Calabash Festivalin Treasure Beach, Jamaica, and in the Poesia en Voz Alto Festival in Mexico City.

About Wilkes University:

Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional programs. Founded in 1933, the university is on a mission to create one of the great small universities, offering all of the programs, activities, and opportunities of a large, research university in the intimate, caring, and mentoring environment of a small, liberal arts college, at a cost that is increasingly competitive with public universities. The Economist named Wilkes 25th in the nation for the value of its education for graduates. In addition to 41 undergraduate majors,Wilkes offers the doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education and doctor of pharmacy degrees and more than a dozen master’s degree programs, including the master of business administration and master of fine arts in creative writing. Learn more at www.wilkes.edu

About Etruscan Press

Housed at Wilkes University and partnering with Youngstown State University, Etruscan is a non-profit literary press working to produce and promote books that nurture the dialogue among genres, cultures, and voices. Etruscan publishes books of poems, novels, short stories, creative non-fiction, criticism, translation, and anthologies.

Etruscan was one of five finalists for the 2015 AWP Small Press Publisher Award. Three works from Etruscan’s collection of poetry were named finalists for the National Book Award and another was named to the Longlist (the NBA’s “Top Ten” in poetry). Other titles are recipients of the Poetry Society of America’s “First Book Award,” the Foreword Reviews “Book of the Year Award,” and PEN Oakland’s “Josephine Miles Award.” Three poems published by Etruscan were selected for Best American Poetry. Most recently, titles published by Etruscan Press were awarded the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize, nominated for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry, named a finalist for the Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award, Housatonic Book Award, Helen Smith Memorial Prize for Best Book of Poetry, and longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay.

In addition to support from Wilkes University and Youngstown State University, Etruscan is proud to have received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Oristaglio Foundation, the Andrews Foundation, The Wean Foundation, the Rayen Foundation, the Drs. Brothers & Murphy Endowment, and the Ohio Arts Council.

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