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plain china Awards Eckerd College Junior Wyatt McMurry '14 Bennington Poetry Prize

posted on 04/19/2013

plain china: Best Undergraduate Writing 2012 has awarded Eckerd College junior Wyatt McMurry '14 the Bennington Poetry Prize for his poem "Nail Polish." In addition to be featured in the anthology's April 2013 issue, Wyatt was also awarded a $250 prize.

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Pulitzer Prize winning judge Tracy K. Smith said this about Wyatt's poem: "I love the exuberance of description here, the verbs that allow the story to spring into action, and the small gestures that draw me into the speaker's bliss. In its final lines, the poem taps into the something large, which this seemingly small loss has given way to." She continues with her optimism for the future of poetry, "...These young poets make me glad for the work that is in the works, all the poems that will begin, in the next few years, to make their way into wider circulation."

Wyatt is majoring in literature and creative writing. He is from Louisville, Ky.

Since its inception in 2009, nine Eckerd students have been featured in the nationally acclaimed online anthology plain china: Best Undergraduate Writing. The following creative writers and visual artists have had their work showcased in plain china:

Wyatt McMurry '14 ("Nail Polish," Poem): Recipient of the 2012 Bennington Poetry Prize

Michael Specht '11 ("Figure Study IV," Digital Photograph)

Bradley Ennis '10 ("Braille," Digital Photograph)
Angela Masterson Jones '12 ("At the Crossing," Poem)
Estathea Lyons '11 ("Self-Portrait," Pinhole Photograph)
Donald McMullen '12 ("Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore," Digital Photograph)

Beth Carolyn Callaway '09 ("The Labyrinth," Visual Art)
Bradley Ennis '10 ("Milk Drop Study," Visual Art)
Michael Specht '11 ("Curves #26," Visual Art)

According to the anthology's website and recent correspondence, plain china, named after a question posed in Virginia Woolf's book-length essay A Room of One's Own, has "featured almost 200 works, with accompanying images, from some 60 undergraduate journals. The site has received more than 30,000 online visits, from all 50 states and 121 countries."

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