Kristen Lang wins Poetry Prize

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Poetry-prize-winners Poets Josephine Wilson, Kristen Lang, PS Cottier with Professor Margot Hillel (second from right).

Winners of the 2015 ACU Prize for Poetry were announced at ACU's Melbourne Campus as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival. 

Kristen Lang has won the 2015 Australian Catholic University Prize for Poetry with her poem Glass. The winner and runners up Josephine Wilson and Canberra poet P.S. Cottier were announced on Wednesday night at ACU’s Melbourne Campus as part of the Melbourne Writer’s Festival.

Lang’s poem was chosen from around 200 entries nationally on the theme 'Peace, Tolerance, and Understanding'. The Tasmanian poet won $7000 for her poem, and $2000 and $1000 were awarded for second and third place.

Poet, author and academic Professor Kevin Hart judged the entries, shortlisted by ACU Literature lecturer Dr Carolyn Masel and Academic Board chair Professor Margot Hillel OAM. Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Anne Cummins and Professor Hillel presented the winners with their awards.

West Australian poet Josephine Wilson was awarded second prize for her poem Orans, and Canberra poet P.S. Cottier was awarded third prize for her poem Route 9.

The prize was made possible through the sponsorship of ACU’s Directorate of Identity and Mission.

Each of the poets had demonstrated a particular sensitivity to the theme of peace, tolerance and understanding, said Director of Identity and Mission Father Anthony Casamento.

“The quality and diversity of the poems in this year’s prize reflects the importance, not only of the theme, but also of the Prize for Poetry itself as a valuable means of creative expression for topics that occupy the public mind.”

The ACU Prize for Poetry aims to support writers and to continue the tradition of the Catholic Church as a key patron of the arts.

“Interest in this year’s Poetry Prize has been delightful and suggests that the topic is relevant, and one which prompted significant engagement by poets from across Australia and beyond,” Fr Casamento said.

In 2015 Australian Catholic University is celebrating 25 years of people, learning, and achievements that continue to bring about real change for communities.

Find out more about the ACU Prize for Poetry here.