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Sixth edition of Stone Canoe Journal available, seventh seeking submissions

March 20, 2012

Eileen Jevis
(315) 443-3527

The sixth edition of award-winning Stone Canoe: A Journal of Arts, Literature, and Social Commentary, is now available for purchase in local bookstores and online at The E-book version of the journal is also available through the journal’s website.

stonecanoeThe journal features the work of more than 140 artists and writers with ties to Upstate New York, ranging from those with international reputations to those who have not previously published or exhibited their work.

Annual prizes are awarded for submissions in fiction, nonfiction, engineering and technology writing, poetry, visual arts and arts leadership. Beginning in 2013, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University will award the Institute for Veterans and Military Families Prize for Written Work by a Veteran. The prize will be awarded annually to a U.S. veteran for a previously unpublished short story, essay, creative nonfiction piece or poem.

The 2012 Stone Canoe winners include:

  • The Allen and Nirelle Galson Prize for Fiction to Jennifer R. Adams, former journalist lecturer in English at Cornell University.
  • The Bea González Prize for Poetry to Bridget Meeds, poet and teacher from Ithaca.
  • The Hedy and Michael Fawcett Prize for Visual Arts to Alexandria Smith, SU alumnus who lives and teaches in Brooklyn.
  • The S.I. Newhouse School Prize for Nonfiction to Tina Post, who is currently working on a book on boxing and race in America.
  • The L.C. Smith Prize for Engineering and Technology Writing to Brian Rautio, a Ph.D. candidate majoring in electrical engineering at SU.
  • The Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) Arts Leadership Prize to Sharon Greytak, a professor of practice in Art, Design and Transmedia in SU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. She has written, produced and directed feature-length fiction films, documentaries and experimental shorts.

In addition to these winners, four students from the Syracuse City School District also received awards, which are sponsored each year by the Gifford Foundation. Three students from Nottingham High School were awarded Gifford Foundation Arts Prizes. The poetry prize went to Nottingham senior, Jeanie Nguyen; the prize for fiction went to junior Brianne Wood; and the prize for nonfiction went to Mykolaj Suchý, a freshman. Corcoran High School senior Jimmy Ellerbe, was awarded the Gifford Foundation Arts Prize for Visual Arts.

“We are pleased to announce the guest editors for issue 7, who will join a stellar list of returning editors,” says Robert Colley, senior editor of Stone Canoe.

The guest editor for nonfiction is Ken McClane, distinguished poet and essayist who is the W.E.B. Dubois Professor of Literature at Cornell University.

 The guest editor for fiction is E.C. Osondu, SU alumnus, internationally recognized author and winner of the Caine Prize who currently teaches at Providence College.

The guest editor for poetry is Cornelius Eady, a Rochester, N.Y. native, prize-winning poet and librettist, co-founder of Cave Canem, finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and current teacher at University of Missouri.

The guest editor for visual arts is Amy Cheng, a nationally recognized painter and multimedia artist with public art installations in major American cities, and a professor of art at SUNY New Paltz.

Brian Turner and Anthony Swofford were chosen as visiting jurors for the Institute for Veterans and Military Families Prize for written work by a veteran. Swofford, a Gulf War veteran, is the author of the acclaimed book “Jarhead” (Scribner, 2005), and Turner, an Iraq veteran, is a prize winning poet.

Returning editors will include Neva Pilgrim and Steven Stucky for music writing, Megan Donaldson and Jerry Heller for technology writing, Kyle Bass for drama and Nancy Keefe Rhodes for writing on the moving image.

Submissions of visual art, short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and short plays are now being accepted for Stone Canoe Number 7. The deadline for submissions is July 15. To submit work, go to and access the online submissions link. The next edition of Stone Canoe is scheduled to be published in January of 2013.

For more information or to order the journal, visit, email, or call 315-443-4165.

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