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Stacey Margaret Jones ’15, a member of the inaugural class of the Arkansas Writers MFA Workshop has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Poetry Pacific for her poem, “Pale.”

Says Jones, “I wrote ‘Pale’ for an assignment in my forms and theory of poetry class in the MFA program at UCA. The prompt was to write about something without naming it, and I had been studying Frost’s ‘Birches’ poem in my Modern and Contemporary American Poetry course. It’s always exciting to see what emerges from your mind when responding to such challenges.

Poetry Pacific has been wonderful to work with, and I’m really grateful to them for the nomination.”

“This is the first time one of our students has been nominated for a Pushcart,” noted program director Stephanie Vanderslice,  “and we’re very proud of Stacey’s achievement. It is also really representative of the outstanding work our students have been doing since the founding of the program just three-and-a-half years ago.  Our students have been publishing books and publishing prose and poetry nationally.  We’re incredibly proud of them.”

An annual anthology of prize-winning prose and poetry, the Pushcart Prize was named among the most influential projects in the history of American publishing by Publishers Weekly. The first edition was published in 1976.

In addition to publishing poetry, Stacey Jones has also been a columnist for Sporting Life Arkansas and has published prose in Elephant Journal and many other venues.  She is also at work on a novel.

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