Galway Kinnell Poetry Contest Announced

The Pawtucket Arts Festival through support of the Pawtucket Arts Review Panel is pleased to announce the Galway Kinnell Poetry Contest.

Open to New England poets, submit up to three pages of poetry c/o Patti McAlpine, Contest Coordinator P.O. Box 9206, Pawtucket, RI 02862. Deadline: August 1, 2015. There is no entry fee.

Presented by the Pawtucket Arts Festival, with support from the Pawtucket Arts Review Panel,  three winning poets will read winning poems at a the Celebrate Poetry in Pawtucket with the Three Amigoes  event on Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 2 p.m. along with Rhode Island state poet laureates: Rick Benjamin, current state poet laureate; Lisa Starr, recent state poet laureate emerita and Tom Chandler, state poet laureate emeritus. Benjamin, Starr and Chandler will also serve as the contest judges.

Born in Providence, RI, Galway Kinnell was raised in Pawtucket, RI. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1983, awarded a National Book Award and was recipient of a McArthur Fellowship. He served as F.B. Morse Professor of Arts and Sciences at New York University and was Vermont’s state poet laureate. He passed away on October 28, 2014.

The Galway Kinnell Poetry contest originated in 1985 by the Pawtucket Arts Council but has been dormant since 2002. It is with great honor that the Pawtucket Arts Festival reinstate this contest as a memoriam to one of New England’s  and Pawtucket’s most outstanding poets.

For more information, please contact Patti McAlpine, Contest Coordinator at 401-996-8678 or e-mail at

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