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Christine Larusso awarded emerging writer’s residency

Lake Forest College is pleased to recognize poet Christine Larusso as the ninth winner of the Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writers Residency Prize, awarded annually.

 She will be in residence on the campus of Lake Forest College in spring 2018, where she will work to complete her winning manuscript, a poetry collection Mar. She will receive $10,000 and, upon editorial approval, the finished book will be published by the &NOW Books imprint of Lake Forest College Press, with distribution by Northwestern University Press. During her three-week residency on campus she will give a reading and talk to the community at large, visit classes, and meet with students to discuss writing and literature.

Christine Larusso’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Narrative Magazine, The Literary Review, The Awl, Apogee, Sycamore Review, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and Pleiades, where she appeared as a featured poet. She holds an MFA from New York University, thanks to a generous Starworks Fellowship, and is currently a Producer for Rachel Zucker’s podcast, Commonplace. She lives in Los Angeles.

The Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writers Residency Prize is awarded to an author under forty years old with no major book publication. This year the winner was selected by guest judge Carmen Giménez Smith, an acclaimed poet and memoirist whose most recent collection, Milk & Filth, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Giménez Smith lives in Blacksburg, Virginia where she teaches at Virginia Tech. “This collection,” she says of Larusso’s MAR, “is about the consequences of seeing and being seen; it is rich with complexity and taut in its vision.”

The Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writers Residency Prize is made possible by a donation from a local philanthropist who was impressed by the College’s recently established publishing enterprise, Lake Forest College Press / &NOW Books.