Students Win Poetry Prizes at UB

By Sue Wuetcher

Release Date: June 5, 2003 This content is archived.


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo Libraries and the Department of English in the UB College of Arts and Sciences have announced the winners of student poetry competitions.

Gordon Hadfield of Las Vegas, a third-year graduate student in the UB Poetics Program, won the Academy of American Poets University and College Poetry Prize.

A certificate for honorable mention went to Lauren Shufran of Buffalo, who graduated in May with a bachelor's degree in English. The competition was sponsored by the University Libraries.

Aaron Lowinger, a English major from Buffalo, won the Friends of the University Libraries Undergraduate Poetry Prize. He is editor of Name, the university's undergraduate poetry publication.

Honorable mention went to Karen Yacobucci of Rochester, who graduated in May with a bachelor's degree in English. She is chief editor for mantis, a small press magazine, and will have some of her recent poetry published in an upcoming issue of the Queen Street Quarterly.

Lowinger also won the Arthur Axelrod Memorial Award. The award was established in 1975 through the English department by Mr. and Mrs. Harold Axelrod, the parents of Arthur Axelrod, an undergraduate in the English department.

Emily McClellan, an English major from Buffalo, won the Scribblers Prize, sponsored by the English department. The prize was established in 1939 by the Scribbler's Club, which was organized in 1893 to encourage local women writers as a counterpart to the Press Club, which was not open to women.