Rebecca Hodder '11 Wins Anna Sonder Prize of the Academy of American Poets

May 10, 2011

The Hartwick College Department of English and Theatre Arts is pleased to announce the winners of the 2010-11 Anna Sonder Prize of the Academy of American Poets. Rebecca Hodder '11 (Latham, NY), an English major, took home the top prize. Brian Heller '11 (Otego, NY), a Computer Science major, and Heather Quarles '11 (Arcata, CA), an English major, won the Honorable Mention.

Hodder's winning poem is titled "Persephone's Rebellion," Heller's runner-up is "Mondegreen," and Quarles' poem is called "Spilling Over."

This year's Anna Sonder Prize competition attracted more than 120 pages of poetry from Hartwick poets. Judging the 2010-11 competition were Assistant Professor of English Julia Suarez Hayes and Professor of English Thomas Travisano.

Otto Sonder, late Professor Emeritus of Sociology, endowed a prize in 1978 for the best poem written by a student at Hartwick College, to be awarded annually by the College under the auspices of the Academy of American Poets in New York City. Hartwick College became a permanent member of AAP, founded in 1934 and the largest organization in the country dedicated to advancing the art of poetry. The prize honors the memory of Sonder's mother, who died in 1978.

The names of the winners of the Anna Sonder Prize, as well as those who receive Honorable Mention, are printed in the newsletters of the AAP and the Hartwick Department of English and Theatre Arts. Their poems will be published in the College's literary magazine, Word of Mouth, and in the annual newsletter of the Department of English and Theatre Arts. The College will recognize Hodder, Heller, and Quarles at Honors Convocation in May and present them a volume of poetry for their personal library.

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