Inaugural Poetry Contest Finalists and Winner Announced

Print Friendly, PDF & Email A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments is pleased to announce the finalists and winner of our inaugural poetry contest, judged by acclaimed writer and publisher Jessie Lendennie:

  • Winner: Laura-Gray Street for the long poem “Goya’s Dog”
  • Finalist: Reeves Keyworth for “Summer Evening, the West Side”
  • Finalist: Sara Talpos for “Mammoth,” “350,” and “Body of Evidence”
  • Finalist: Julie Hanson for “They are Widening the Road” and “Allocation”
  • Finalist: Tom Daley for “The Woman in the Pamet River,” “Overpass,” and “Theology”
  • Finalist: Davi Walders for “Not in ideas…” and “The Path”

Laura-Gray Street is the winner of the inaugural poetry contest.Here’s what Lendennie had to say of the winner:

The winner has to be “Goya’s Dog.” I like all the others very much, but this one is the most intriguing and challenging. It’s intellectually satisfying in the way the poet parallels the quantum and the physical. Love the use of paint both actual and metaphorical, and that special dog, of course!

Laura-Gray Street will receive the cash prize of $250 and publication in our forthcoming issue, No. 26, with the theme of “The Signal in the Noise.” The issue launches at on September 20, 2010. The issue will also include poems by all the finalists: Reeves Keyworth, Sara Talpos, Julie Hanson, Tom Daley, and Davi Walders.

Congratulations to Laura-Gray, Reeves, Sara, Julie, Tom, and David, and many thanks to those who submitted to our first contest. We had a wonderful array of poems from which to choose. is the world’s first online journal of place, publishing a rich mix of literature, artwork, case studies, and more since 1997.