2013 Contest Winners


Laura Passin, "The Learn'd Astronomer on the Radio"

Winner, Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry, 2013

Laura Passin lives in Chicagoland and teaches English at Northwestern University, where she earned her PhD. She also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon. She is working on her first poetry manuscript, Aphasia, which deals with illness, grief, and the loss of language.

Read an interview with Laura.


Kathryn Trueblood, "The No-Tell Hotel"

Winner, Goldenberg Prize for Fiction, 2013

Kathryn Trueblood is the author of The Baby Lottery, which was a Book Sense Pick in 2007, and The Sperm Donor's Daughter, which received a Special Mention for the Pushcart Prize in 2000. Most recently, she won the 2012 Red Hen Press Short Story Award and was selected for a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, which is the oldest feminist funding agency in the U.S . She has co-edited two anthologies of multicultural literature, including The Before Columbus Foundation Fiction Anthology: Selections from the American Book Awards with Ishmael Reed and Shawn Wong, (W.W. Norton). Her stories and articles have been published in Poets & Writers Magazine, The Los Angeles Review, The Seattle Weekly, Glimmer Train, and Zyzzyva, among others. She has worked in editorial for both mainstream and small press publishers—from the adult trade division at Random House to the West Coast's first feminist press, Shameless Hussy. An Associate Professor of English at Western Washington University, she lives in Bellingham, Washington.

Read an interview with Kathryn.