Local writer a finalist for new ArtPrize publication

This year, art enthusiasts will find an exciting addition to ArtPrize: the literary publication Imagine This! An ArtPrize Anthology. It will add the written word as a new art form to the acclaimed festival. ArtPrize is one of the world’s largest art competitions (by cash awards) and is held each year in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Over 1,000,000 visitors come to view artwork displayed throughout the city.

Cascade Writers’ Group sponsored a national writing competition and selected winners for its first annual publication. Local writer, Tahlia Hoogerland, from Rockford, was a finalist for her poem “Meditation on Water.”

Along with winning short stories, essays and poems by writers from around the U.S., the anthology includes featured writers from the Cascade Writers’ Group and color reproductions of prize-winning works from the four past years of ArtPrize, including first place winner Chris LaPorte’s “Cavalry” and cover art, Mia Tavonatti’s “Svelata.”

Lisa McNeilley, Ph.D., Editor of the anthology says, “The Cascade Writers’ Group received hundreds of excellent entries. The final publication reflects a range of styles and topics and will have wide appeal to ArtPrize visitors. It has been an exciting project for our group. We have been able to give writers a way to express themselves, and have also been able to give financial support to ArtPrize, which is so important to our community.”

According to ArtPrize Marketing Director Todd Herring, “What the Cascade Writers’ Group has accomplished with the anthology is truly innovative.  Their passion for providing writers with new opportunities mirrors the same passion ArtPrize has for visual and performing artists.  ArtPrize applauds this grand effort and congratulates all the winners, participants and organizers of the ArtPrize anthology.”

Local Graphic Artist Ron Kauffman handled the layout and design.” Imagine This! An ArtPrize Anthology will be published by Schuler Books’ Chapbook Press.



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