Prof. Joe Heithaus Wins 'Discovery'/The Nation Poetry Contest

Prof. Joe Heithaus Wins 'Discovery'/The Nation Poetry Contest

April 21, 2007

Joe Heithaus 2007.jpgApril 21, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - Joe Heithaus, associate professor and chair of English at DePauw University, is a winner of the 2007 "Discovery"/The Nation poetry contest. Co-sponsored by The 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center and The Nation magazine, the contest -- in its thirty-third year -- is designed to attract large audiences to poets who have not yet published a book of poems.

Professor Heithaus receives a cash prize, his winning entry (a manuscript of ten poems, most of the Poison Sonnets) will be published in The Nation, and he is invited to read his winning work at the Poetry Center on Monday, May 7, 2007.

This year's contest attracted more than 1,000 entries; Heithaus is one of four winners. Previous contest winners include: Mary Jo Bang, Nick Flynn, Debora Greger, Katha Pollitt, Mary Jo Salter, Sherod Santos, Arthur Smith, Gary Soto, David St. John, Yerra Sugarman, Ellen Bryant Voigt and Rosanna Warren. The 2007 judges were Mark Jarman, Phillis Levin, and Brigit Pegeen Kelly. 

"This is a tremendous confirmation of my work as a poet and I'm humbled by the honor," says Dr. Heithaus. "I entered the competition last August and had frankly forgotten about it, so it's also a wonderful surprise. I thank DePauw for providing the faculty development funds that make it possible for myself and my colleagues to enter contests such as this, which enhance the reputations of DePauw's faculty and the University as a whole."

Joe Heithaus' work has been published in Poetry, the North American Review, the African-American Review and the Southern Review. He holds a Ph.D. in American Literature and an M.F.A. in writing from Indiana University. His undergraduate degree is from the State University of New York at Albany. Read more about him in this previous story.