Our theme for May’s contest was “Renewal” and our winner is John C. Mannone with his poem, “Mourning Routine.” John C. Mannone has poems appearing in North Dakota Quarterly, Le Menteur, Blue Fifth Review, Poetry South, Baltimore Review. A Jean Ritchie Fellowship winner in Appalachian literature (2017), he served as celebrity judge for the NFSPS (2018). His poetry won the Bloodroot award and Impressions of Appalachia Creative Arts Contest (2020). He edits poetry for Abyss & Apex and other journals. A physicist, John lives in Knoxville, Tennessee. Read more at http://jcmannone.wordpress.com and https://www.facebook.com/jcmannone.
Read “Mourning Routine”