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Dylan Days announces 2014 writing contest winners

DylanDays2014HIBBING, Minnesota -- Dylan Days, an event celebrating the work of Bob Dylan and the arts and culture of his Iron Range hometown, announces the winners of its 2014 B.J. Rolfzen Memorial creative writing contest.

The selected pieces will be published in “Talkin’ Blues,” the literary journal and program of Dylan Days. Winners are invited to read their work and speak at Dylan Days 2014, which takes place May 23-24 in Hibbing, as part of a May 23 presentation featuring David Kinney, noted author whose new book “The Dylanologists” explores the quirky world of Bob Dylan fandom.

Once again, hundreds of writers from all over the world entered the contest, which recognizes fiction, poetry and poetry written by high school or college students. The literary showcase will happen at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 23 at Howard Street Booksellers in downtown Hibbing.

A listing of winners follows:

FICTION
1st Place: “Category Five” by Matt Debutts of Amherst, Massachusetts
2nd Place: “Foul Shot” by Phil Fitzpatrick of Duluth, Minnesota
3rd Place: “Paper Cut” by April Solberg of Chetek, Wisconsin

Another finalist was selected for publication:
“Car Trouble in Carver County” by C.E. Holmes of Dell Rapids, South Dakota

Other finalists included stories by Kenneth Parsons of Lexington, Kentucky; Cliff Hatcher of Kamloops, British Columbia; Jeanete Lukowski of Bemidji, Minnesota; Camille Verzal of St. Paul, Minnesota; Larry Lattanzi of Libau, Manitoba; and Whitney Strus of Coon Rapids, Minnesota.

POETRY
1st Place: “Portrait in infrared and sepia tone” by Larry Nightingale of Vancouver, British Columbia.
2nd Place: “South at Howard Street” by Britt Aamodt of Elk River, Minnesota.
3rd Place: “Anna Zimmerman in Trabzon, 1915” by Carl Boon of Istanbul, Turkey

Two other finalists were selected for publication, including:
“Bones and Wings” by Larry Lattanzi of Libau, Manitoba
“wordSwords” by Sheldon Swartz of Norwich, Connecticut

Other finalists included:
Robert Martens of Abbotsford, British Columbia; Gayle Roth of Webster, Wisconsin; Charles Wilson of Etowah, Texas; and Mary McGregor of Duluth, Minnesota.

STUDENT POETRY (enrolled in K-12 or undergraduate college)
1st Place: “Houses” by Delaney Miller of Oak Park and River Forest High School in Oak Park, Illinois
2nd Place: “Nostalgia” by Siri Wilder of Los Angeles, California at Clarkson University in New York.
3rd Place: “A Letter to Mr. White Man …” by Marlena Wadley of Oak Park and River Forest High School in Oak Park, Illinois.

Two other finalists were selected for publication, including:
“Missing Family Members” by Jenna Rodrigues of Hartwick College in Westbrook, Maine
“Missing Charms” by Rebecca DiSomma of Oak Park and River Forest High School in Oak Park, IL.

Other finalists included Karissa Dohm of Reedsburg, Wisconsin; Latroy Robinson of Oak Park, Illinois; and Junyoung (Joon) Choi of New York.

B.J. Rolfzen was a high school and college English teacher in Hibbing, Minnesota, whose love of poetry and beauty inspired two generations of Iron Range students, among them Robert Zimmerman, the boy who would become Bob Dylan. Dylan Days dedicates its annual literary efforts in his memory.

The Dylan Days literary showcase is on Friday, May 23, 2014. This year’s Dylan Days will feature the American debut of the GRAMMY Museum Traveling Exhibit “Daniel Kramer: Photographs of Bob Dylan.” For more information on Dylan Days 2014, including a listing of other events, see www.dylandays.org.

 
 

Press Coverage

"Dylan's Minnesota Story Shows Poetry in Motion"
-Aaron J. Brown

"Native Son"
-Twin Cities Metro

"Bringin' It All Back Home"
-Twin Cities Metro

"Tangled Up in Stats"
-Minnesota Monthly

 

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