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2011 Winner of the Anne Halley Poetry Prize

The 2011 Winner of the Anne Halley Poetry Prize is Joanne Dominique Dwyer for her poem Bull's-eye

Volume 51, Issue 2

Joanne Dominique Dwyer was born and raised in New York State, but has lived in New Mexico for most of her adult life where she studied and practiced Acupuncture for a number of years before working in a family construction business while raising her two children. Dwyer began writing poetry and fiction through a community college class, which led for a brief time to participation and involvement in spoken word venues such as the Taos Poetry Circus and other collaborative ventures with visual artists and musicians. She earned an undergraduate degree in Creative Writing and Literature at the College of Santa Fe in 2005. Dwyer continued her study of poetry by obtaining an MFA from Warren Wilson’s Program for Writers in January, 2009.

Dwyer is a 2008 Rona Jaffe Award recipient for emerging women writers and a recent Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference scholar. She has studied with several talented writers including Dana Levin, Dean Young, and Tony Hoagland. Her poems have been published in American Poetry Review, Conduit, the Cortland Reiview, FIELD, Many Mountains Moving, the Massachusetts Review, the New England Review and TriQuarterly. Her first book of poems titled Harem has been completed and a second book of poems is underway.

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