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St. Norbert College English professor awarded first place for poetry manuscript

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From St. Norbert College, May 17, 2011
by Mike Counter,, (920) 403-3089

St. Norbert College's writer-in-residence, Laurie MacDiarmid, was selected from over 300 entrants to win the first-ever 2011 Georgetown Review Poetry Manuscript Contest. Georgetown Review Press will publish her poetry manuscript, "Consolation Prize," in 2012, and she will be awarded a monetary prize as well as 20 copies of the book.

MacDiarmid, associate professor of English, has been working on the collection of poems for over 20 years. "Consolation Prize" relates a daughter's loss from her father's early death from cancer and how his absence shaped her family's lives. Poet Denise Duhmel, who judged the contest, says that the manuscript renders "the dangers of domestic life with tenderness and precision."

Laurie MacDiarmid teaches courses in fiction writing, poetry writing, creative writing and contemporary literature. Her poetry has been published in numerous books and journals, and she has participated in readings of her poetry.

She has many years of experience in the publishing profession, including serving as the assistant editor for the Three Rivers Poetry Journal, editor-in-chief for the Sonora Review, and assistant editor for the Arizona Quarterly.

Prior to joining the faculty at St. Norbert College in 2000, MacDiarmid taught at Grand Valley State University, the University of Arizona and Johns Hopkins University.

For more information, contact Laurie MacDiarmid at or at 920-403-3498.

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