Goddard MFAW alumna, Brenda Beardsley, has been selected as the poetry winner of the MVICW (Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing) annual writing contest for her poem, to k.b. Judged by Britton Shurley, the prize comes with full tuition and lodging for the annual conference on Martha’s Vineyard.
Beardsley writes frequently about disability, dementia, mental illness and caregiving. A graduate of the University of Vermont School of Nursing, she later earned her MFA in creative writing from Goddard College. Recent work appears in The American Journal of Poetry, The Examined Life Journal (University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine), Pentimento, wordgathering and elsewhere. Selected by Sherwin Bitsui as a finalist for Hunger Mountain’s 2018 Ruth Stone Poetry Prize, she serves as Editorial Director for Clockhouse.