Pollock Earns Prize from Magma Poetry Competition

Robert Waterbury

A poem written by Jim Pollock, Ph.D., professor of English, has been awarded the £1000 ($1289) Editors’ Prize in the Magma Poetry Competition in London, UK. The poem, “Goose Neck Lamp,” will appear in an upcoming issue of Magma, a well-known British poetry journal.

Dr. Pollock will travel to London to attend the Prize reading at a future date once the COVID-19 pandemic is cleared up.

In Fall 2020, Dr. Pollock’s new book of poems, Durable Goods, will be released. It will include “Goose Neck Lamp” and many other poems about such seemingly unpoetic things as household appliances. According to Dr. Pollock, twelve of the poems from the manuscript have been published or accepted for publication in literary journals in the U.S., the U.K., and Canada, including Plume, Event, Geist, The Humber Literary Review, Contemporary Verse 2, and Painted Bride Quarterly. Two of the poems will also be read and discussed by the editors in an upcoming episode of the Painted Bride Quarterly Slush Pile podcast, which is based in Philadelphia.

Dr. Pollock began teaching at Loras in 2002. He earned a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from the University of Houston. He teaches poetry writing, advanced poetry writing, poetry in performance, Shakespeare, Canadian literature, modern and contemporary American poetry, and sometimes the senior thesis seminar in creative writing.

Dr. Pollock is the author of Sailing to Babylon, which was a finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award in Poetry, runner-up for the Posner Poetry Book Award, and winner of an Outstanding Achievement Award in Poetry from the Wisconsin Library Association; and You Are Here: Essays on the Art of Poetry in Canada, a finalist for the ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award for a collection of essays. He is also the editor of The Essential Daryl Hine, which made The Partisan‘s list of the best books of 2015.

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