Alumna shortlisted for prestigious international poetry prize
Emerging Melbourne poet, Bronwyn Lovell, has been shortlisted for the largest poetry competition in history, the Montreal International Poetry Prize.
Titled ‘The search for the world’s best poem’, The Montreal International Poetry Prize offers an historic $50,000 for a single short poem, and is being judged by an editorial board of leading poets from around the world.
Bronwyn recently completed Honours in Cinema and Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne and was the recipient of the 2011 H.B. Higgins Poetry Scholarship and the Hannah Barry Memorial Award.
Bronwyn said she was honoured to receive both the scholarship and award this year.
“The H.B. Higgins scholarship will help me to travel to the US next year to undertake some master classes at Poets House in NYC and the Hannah Barry Memorial Award will go towards developing a new poetry performance that I will present next year incorporating music and image.”
In addition to her latest accomplishment, Bronwyn also became the first Australian to compete in the Women of the World Poetry Tournament in the US earlier this year.
Her other achievements include being published in national and international literary journals and anthologies, winning prizes in local competitions and publishing a children’s book.
Bronwyn said she is grateful to the University of Melbourne for its contributions to her career.
“I have been well supported by staff and fellow students, and I feel incredibly blessed by the opportunities and the encouragement that the university has given me. It makes me feel more confident to go out into the world and try to make a living as an artist.”
The winner of the Montreal International Poetry Prize will be announced in December, and all shortlisted poems will appear in the 2011 Global Poetry Anthology published by Montreal’s Véhicule Press in late 2011.
Story by Rebecca Grant