Xavier Cavazos Named Finalist in Prestigious 92nd Y "Discovery" Award
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Cavazos's poetry sample was one of seven selected for honors out of a pool of over 900 submissions.
Now in its fifth decade, the "Discovery" Poetry Contest, judged by Cornelius Eady, Brenda Hillman and D.A. Powell, is designed to attract large audiences to poets who have not yet published a book. Cavazos's winning sample of work is from an in-progress collection of poetry imagining the life and work of Iowa State University Alumnus George Washington Carver
The four winners of the 2011 “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Contest are: Ansel Elkins, of Greensboro, NC; Angelo Nikolopoulos of New York, NY; Adam Roberts, of Iowa City, IA; and Solmaz Sharif, of Los Angeles, CA. The three runners-up for 2011 are Xavier Cavazos of Ames, IA; Rebecca Lehmann of Tallahassee, FL; and Megan Williams of Boise, ID.
Xavier Cavazos is a T.A. in the Department of English and a writer in his first year of the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment at Iowa State University. A McNair Scholar, Cavazos's work has appeared in numerous journals and publications including Interview Magazine, Steve Cannon's A Gathering of Tribes, The Minnetta Review, Callapooya Collage, Bamboo, The Seattle P-I, The Los Angeles Times, Siren, Art Access, Reflex, & Saint Paul's Pioneer Press.