Lexington, Virginia • June 22, 2010
Shenandoah and Washington and Lee University have named author Robin Ekiss of San Francisco as the recipient of the Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers for her book The Mansion of Happiness (Georgia, 2009). This is the final Glasgow Prize, which has been awarded annually.
Writers who have published one book of poetry were eligible for consideration for the $2,000 prize. Judge for the 2010 Shenandoah/Glasgow Prize was R. T. Smith, who says that Ekiss's book "is something new and important."
Ekiss is a former Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford and a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Award for emerging women writers. Her book was also a finalist for the Balcones Poetry Prize, Northern California Book Awards and Commonwealth Club's California Book Award.
Ekiss has received grants, awards and residencies from the Barbara Deming/Money for Women Foundation, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Millay Colony for the Arts, MacDowell Colony and elsewhere, and her work has appeared in numerous journals including The Atlantic Monthly, POETRY and The Kenyon Review.
Edited by R. T. Smith, Shenandoah has published award-winning fiction, essays and interviews since 1950. Work published in the magazine is regularly included in The Best American Short Stories, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, The Best American Essays, The Best American Poetry and other anthologies. The 60th anniversary double issue (Spring/Fall 2010) will focus on the life and times of Flannery O'Connor.
Copies of the magazine are available for $12 from your local bookseller or may be ordered directly from Shenandoah, Mattingly House, 2 Lee Ave., Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA 24450-0303.
See http://shenandoah.wlu.edu for more information about Shenandoah and previous winners of The Shenandoah/ Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers.