THE 2016 ADROIT PRIZES FOR POETRY AND PROSE

Until his death, the great American existential psychologist Rollo May believed that we as human beings suffer from a dampened sense of life because we deny the daimonic, emotional responses that have the power to take over us completely. He believed that we fear losing control in this way and thus repress those aspects of our lives.

And perhaps he was onto something. Perhaps we do avoid investing ourselves in others—in the work of others—because we would rather not risk the emotional. Because we would rather repress the contradiction that what is beautiful can be painful, and that what is painful can be therapeutic, or even necessary. We would rather live our simple, dampened lives.

If this sounds like you, I have some advice: read these poems, this prose, in the full spirit of the daimonic.

I'm so pleased to present the recipients of the 2016 Adroit Prizes for Poetry and Prose, Rachel Cruea (of Findlay, Ohio) and Brynne Rebele-Henry (of Richmond, Virginia). These pieces were selected from thousands upon thousands of submissions from around the world. It was an impossible task—to compare brilliance with brilliance, to let it settle in the mind—but somehow judges Corey Van Landingham and Kevin Moffett did just that.

So let yourself be awed. Let yourself be taken places by the enormous maturity, control, subtlety, and beauty of these poets' and prose writers' work. They may be young (high school and college-aged!), but they are frankly stunning, all of them, and there is much—so much—to be gained from becoming immersed in their work. And who knows? Perhaps while swinging over the cliffside, you'll enjoy the view.

Peter LaBerge
Founder & Editor-in-Chief
April 2016

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THE 2016 ADROIT PRIZE FOR PoetrY

selected by Corey Van Landingham


Recipient:
Rachel Cruea
Ohio Northern University, '17
"The Yellow Marrow Doesn't Matter"




Runner-Up:
Theophilus Kwek
Oxford University, '16
Three Poems


 

The 2016 Adroit Prize for PROSE

selected by Kevin Moffett


Recipient:
Brynne Rebele-Henry
Homeschool, '17
"from The Glass House"




Runner-Up:
Walker Caplan
Lakeside School, '16
"Elephants"


 

HONORAblE MENTIONS

Christina Im
Sunset High School, '18
Poetry


Scott Stevens
Menlo School, '16
Poetry


Christian Wessels
State University of New York at Brockport, '16
Poetry


Jessica Li
Livingston High School, '16
Fiction


Polina Solovyeva
The Hotchkiss School, '16
Fiction


Sophie van Waardenberg
University of Auckland, '18
Fiction


 

THE GOOD STUFF

 

Audrey Zhao & Peter LaBergeConversation with Fatimah Asghar

Michelle DonahueConversation with Lindsay Tigue

Aidan ForsterConversation with Gabriel Ojeda-Sague

Caroline Tsai, Review of Jordan Windholz's "Other Psalms"

 

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Editor's List

Adam Berman
Princeton University, '18
Fiction


Morgan Blalock
Hollins University, '16
Poetry


Maddie Clevenstine
SC Governor's School for the Arts & Humanities, '16
Poetry


Helli Fang
Walnut Hill School for the Arts, '16
Poetry


Aidan Forster
The Fine Arts Center, '18
Poetry


Mitchell Glazier
West Virginia University, '17
Poetry


Ashley Gong
Newtown High School, '16
Poetry


Alex Greenberg
Ethical Culture Fieldston School, '17
Poetry


Jaclyn Grimm
Lake Highland Preparatory School, '17
Fiction


Kathryn Hargett
Alabama School of Fine Arts, '17
Poetry


Michal Leibowitz
Stanford University, '19
Poetry


Elizabeth Lemieux
Interlochen Arts Academy, '17
Fiction


Alison Liu
Rice University, '18
Fiction


A. E. Long
LaSwap Sixth Form, '16
Poetry


Annalise Lozier
Interlochen Arts Academy, '17
Poetry


George Lubitz
Skidmore College, '17
Fiction


Grant McClure
Wofford College, '19
Nonfiction


Meg Millure
University of Pittsburgh, '18
Poetry


Alexa Perlmutter
National Cathedral School, '17
Fiction


Kathleen Radigan
Wesleyan University, '17
Poetry


Ben Read
Lewis and Clark High School, '17
Poetry


Brynne Rebele-Henry
Homeschool, '17
Poetry


Max Seifert
University of Iowa, '16
Poetry


Anna Sheppard
SC Governor's School for the Arts & Humanities, '16
Poetry


Serena Solin
Columbia University, '16
Poetry


Erin Stoodley
El Camino High School at Ventura College, '16
Poetry


Christina Sun
University of Massachusetts - Amherst, '16
Fiction


Smriti Verma
Apeejay School, '16
Poetry


Rona Wang
Lincoln High School, '16
Nonfiction


Charity Young
Union High School, '16
Fiction


Alex Zhang
Phillips Exeter Academy, '16
Poetry


Emily Zhang
Richard Montgomery High School, '16
Poetry