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Kerry Banazek '06, of Camillus, NY, won first prize in the 2005 James Ligon Price III Memorial Contest in Poetry, for her poem titled "Jealousy and Other Worldly Things." The prize brings Banazek $600 and a mention in the Academy of American Poets National Poetry Prize results.

The contest, conducted by the English department, is open to all undergraduate students. This year, there were 81 poems entered, by 33 contestants. The contest was judged by poet Timothy Liu, a guest in the St. Lawrence Writers Series.

Other winners were Laura Woltag '05, Belfast, NY, second place for "a poem beginning with a line from Robert Duncan," $300; and Melanie Exware '06, Colton, NY, third prize for "Reflection," $200. Honorable mentions were Raurri Jennings '08, Canton, NY, "Dr. Pepper"; Purnell Cropper '05, Burlington Township, NJ, "stark Lit, strays"; and Nicole Collen '06, Menands, NY, "B.I.® D."

Posted: April 22, 2005