Announcing the 2017 Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Sonora Review 2017 Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction contests!

Poetry, chosen by Anselm Berrigan: “I Want to Die in Designer” by Benjamin Krusling

Prose, chosen by Brian Evenson: “Luz, Milagro” by Kate Berson

Nonfiction, chosen by Irina Dumitrescu: “The Pace of Death: On Illness and Borders in the Sonora” by Easton Smith

The winners will each receive $1,000 and publication in the next issue of Sonora Review. 


2017 Poetry Contest Winner

Benjamin Krusling has lived in Ohio, New York, and Iowa and is the recipient of fellowships from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Naropa University. His work has appeared in Hyperallergic, Tagvverk Journal, and No, Dear Magazine among others. You can find him on Twitter @blk_blk_blk_blk




2017 Fiction Contest Winner

Kate Berson’s fiction has been published or is forthcoming in The Iowa Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Denver Quarterly, Monkeybicycle, and Western Humanities Review. In collaboration with Velma García-Gorena, she is currently translating Gabriela Mistral’s Poema de Chile, poems from which are forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review and Copper Nickel. Kate holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and lives in Pittsburgh.




2017 Nonfiction Contest Winner

Easton Smith lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, on land that was stolen from the Shoshone, Paiute, Goshute and Northern Ute people. He spends most of his time writing, camping, organizing for climate justice, and trying to be a decent friend.

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Founded in 1980, Sonora Review is the oldest student-run literary journal in the country. From start to finish, each issue is put together solely by graduate students in the Creative Writing Department at the University of Arizona. All staff members volunteer their time. Former staff members include Antonya Nelson, Robert Boswell, Richard Russo, Tony Hoagland, and David Foster Wallace. Work originally printed in the Sonora Review has appeared in Best of the West and Best American Poetry, and has won O.Henry Awards and Pushcart Prizes. Sonora Review maintains a congenial relationship with the Department of English while safeguarding the editors' complete aesthetic and managerial control. You can contact Sonora Review via email at: Or by mail at: Sonora Review Department of English University of Arizona Tucson, AZ 85721

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