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Jan. 6: Elizabeth Knapp wins national poetry contest

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

FREDERICK, Md.—A faculty member at Hood College won a national poetry contest this fall and has been published in an online journal.

Elizabeth Knapp, Ph.D., associate professor of English, submitted two winning entries to a contest sponsored by “Literal Latté,” an online literary magazine based in New York City. She received a $1,000 prize for her poems titled "Self-Portrait as Kurt Cobain in Drag" and "Self-Portrait as Kurt Cobain's Childhood Wound," which have been published in the winter 2015 issue of “Literal Latté.”

Knapp is the author of “The Spite House,” winner of the 2010 De Novo Prize for Poetry. She received the 2007 Discovered Voices Award from “Iron Horse Literary Review,” and she has published poems in “Best New Poets 2007,” “The Massachusetts Review,” “The Mid-American Review,” “Barrow Street” and many other journals.

She earned her doctorate from Western Michigan University and a master of fine arts from Bennington College. At Hood she teaches courses in American literature, poetry and creative writing. To read her award-winning poems, visit For more information, visit