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>Crazyhorse: Poetry and Story Winners for 2009

>Crazyhorse Fiction and Poetry Prize Winners

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 2:10 PM


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Winners of Fiction and Poetry Prize Announced!

The Crazyhorse Fiction Prize

and the Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize Winners

$2000 and publication in Crazyhorse

Crazyhorse is pleased and excited to disclose this year’s fiction and poetry prize judges:

Fiction judge

Ann Patchett

Poetry judge

James Tate

After much deliberation, the prize judges are pleased to announce these winners of the Crazyhorse Fiction Prize and the Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize:

Fiction Winner: Elizabeth Oness

for the story “Protect and Serve”

Fiction finalists: Ann Ryles, Daniel Menely, Pierre Hauser, Kelly Luce, Leslie Patterson.

Poetry Winner: Kary Wayson

for the poem “Lives of the Artists”

Poetry finalists: Laurie Capps, Alison Powell, Read Blinn, Dillon Tracy, Rusty Morrison, Grace Egbert, Cecilia Galarraga, Amy Trussell.

The two prize winners will each receive $2,000 and the winning story and poem will be published in Crazyhorse Number 76, due out Nov. 1, 2009.

The editors of Crazyhorse and this year’s prize judges would like to thank everyone who entered the prize. There were so many fine entries to consider; it was very difficult for both the editors and the judges to select finalists and winners. Thank you for sustaining Crazyhorse with your writing and your continued support. We could not have done it without you.

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Crazyhorse Number 74

Issue Number 69


Randy DeVita Guarding Mary Tri-State Security seeks self-help: “04:00: Mobile patrols suspended.” Marjorie Celona This Is When I Love You the Most Bobbie sneaks into Mr. Radcliffe’s office.


Kat Meads What Lies in Closets “The night the Symbionese Liberation Army kidnapped the heiress…”—the Patty Hearst tell-all files revisited.


“Edges pretend that / one thing ends”—Gail Wronsky Kevin Ducey Daneen Wardrop Kevin Clark Emmanuel Moses translated by Marilyn Hacker Albert Goldbarth Marianne Boruch Fabio Morábito translated by Kathleen Snodgrass Deborah Bogen Adrian C. Louis Christopher Howell Leon Stokesbury Peter Kline All this and more.

Cover art by David Ellis
Crazyhorse Number 73

Issue Number 69


Gary Fincke‘s The Out-of-Sorts “He copyread sports, but he paid attention to every line of the article about the woman who’d kept police at bay with three poisonous snakes . . .”

Sean Ennis‘s Dependents the miracle of birth and a pack of stoners: “I met a kid the other day named Solomon and he was on a leash in Wal-Mart.”

Amelia Kahaney‘s five days with The Temp The agency, the mother-of-pearl lighter, the half-boots, the final run for the elevator.


High degrees of “you are here” precision: Barbara Claire Freeman George Eklund Ko Un translated by Brother Anthony of Taizé, Young-moo Kim, Gary Gach Cynthia Hogue James McCorkle Billy Collins Jennifer Militello Tung-Hui Hu Edip Cansever translated by Richard Tillinghast and Julia Clare Tillinghast Dorothy Barresi All this and more.

Cover art by Tiffany Chung

“White ’n Blue”

Photo: 100 Tonson Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

Selected for The Best American Short Stories 2008

and The Best American Poetry 2006, 2007, 2008

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>Things Happen For A Reason


Forwarded to Don White thanks to Ed Peterson

by Pastor Rob Reid
The brand new pastor and his wife, newly assigned
to their first ministry, to reopen a church
in suburban Brooklyn , arrived in early October
excited about their opportunities When they saw
their church, it was very run down and needed
much work. They set a goal to have everything
done in time to have their first service
on Christmas Eve.

They worked hard, repairing pews, plastering walls,

painting, etc, and on December 18
were ahead of schedule and just about finished.

On December 19 a terrible tempest – a driving
rainstorm hit the area and lasted for two days.

On the 21st, the pastor went over to the church.
His heart sank when he saw that the roof had
leaked, causing a large area of plaster about
20 feet by 8 feet to fall off the front wall of the
sanctuary just behind the pulpit, beginning about
head high.

The pastor cleaned up the mess on the floor,
and not knowing what else to do but postpone

the Christmas Eve service, headed home.

On the way he noticed that a local business was

having a flea market type sale for charity so he

stopped in. One of the items was a beautiful,

handmade, ivory colored, crocheted tablecloth

with exquisite work, fine colors and a Cross

embroidered right in the center. It was just

the right size to cover up the hole in the front

wall. He bought it and headed back to the church.

By this time it had started to snow. An older
woman running from the opposite direction was
trying to catch the bus.. She missed it. The pastor
invited her to wait in the warm church for
the next bus 45 minutes later.

She sat in a pew and paid no attention to the pastor
while he got a ladder, hangers, etc., to put
up the tablecloth as a wall tapestry. The pastor

could hardly believe how beautiful it looked and
it covered up the entire problem area.

Then he noticed the woman walking down the center
aisle. Her face was like a sheet.. ‘Pastor,’
she asked, ‘where did you get that tablecloth?’
The pastor explained. The woman asked him to check
the lower right corner to see if the initials, EBG were crocheted into it there. They were. These were the initials of the woman, and she had made this tablecloth 35 years before, in Austria.

The woman could hardly believe it as the pastor
told how he had just gotten the Tablecloth. The
woman explained that before the war she and
her husband were well-to-do people in Austria
When the Nazis came, she was forced to leave.
Her husband was going to follow her the next week.
He was captured, sent to prison and never saw her
husband or her home again.

The pastor wanted to give her the tablecloth;
but she made the pastor keep it for the church.
The pastor insisted on driving her home, that
was the least he could do.. She liv ed on the other
side of Staten Island and was only in Brooklyn
for the day for a housecleaning job.

What a wonderful service they had on Christmas
Eve. The church was almost full. The music and the

spirit were great. At the end of the service, the

pastor and his wife greeted everyone at the door

and many said that they would return.

One older man, whom the pastor recognized
from the neighborhood continued to sit in one of the

p ews and stare, and the pastor wondered why he

wasn’t leaving.

The man asked him where he got the tablecloth on
the front wall because it was identical to one
that his wife had made years ago when
they lived in Austria before the war and how
could there be two tablecloths so much alike.

H e told the pastor how the Nazis came, how he
forced his wife to flee for her safety and he was
supposed to follow her, but he was arrested and
put in a prison.. He never saw his wife or his home
again all the 35 years in between.

The pastor asked him if he would allow him to
take him for a little ride. They drove to Staten

Island and to the same ho use where the pastor

had taken the woman three days earlier.

He helped the man climb the three flights of
stairs to the woman’s apartment, knocked on
the door and he saw the greatest Christmas
reunion he could ever imagine.

True Story – submitted by Pastor Rob Reid
Who says God does not work in mysterious ways.

I asked the Lord to bless you as I prayed for

you today, to guide you and protect you as you go

along your way. His love is always with you, His

promises are true, and when we give Him all our

cares you know He will see us through.

So when the road you’re traveling seems
difficult at best.. Just remember I’m here
praying and God will do the rest. Pass this on
to those you want God to bless and don’t forget
to sen d it back to the one who ask ed God to bless
you first.

W hen there is nothing left but God, that is when
you find out that God is all you need. Take 60
seconds and give this a shot! All you do is simply
say the following small prayer for the person
who sent you this.

Father, God, bless all my friends and family in what
ever it is that You know they may be needing this
day! May their life be full of your peace,
prosperity and power as he/she seeks to have a
closer relationship with you. Amen