The Etruscan Prize is awarded each year to a member of the Wilkes Creative Writing student community who submits one page of any genre (prose, script, poetry or play) that sings. Since 2010, Etruscan Press has awarded a Wilkes University Creative Writing graduate student for their writing excellence.
Iris Ouellette of Pittston, Pa. was awarded the Etruscan Prize at the Wilkes University Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing closing banquet held on June 21, 2019. The Etruscan Prize is awarded each year to a member of the Wilkes Creative Writing student community who submits one page of any genre (prose, script, poetry or play) that sings. This was the tenth consecutive year Etruscan Press awarded a Wilkes University Creative Writing graduate student for their writing excellence.
Ouellette’s submission, “Into the Acadian Sea,” was the prize winner. This was the fourth year the Etruscan Prize was awarded for a work of fiction. Prize recipients from prior years were awarded for works of fiction, memoir, and poetry. Ouellette is pursuing her master of fine arts in the Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing. Wilkes University faculty member Lenore Hart has served as Ouellette’s mentor.
Etruscan author Renée D’Aoust judged the award. D’Aoust commented about Ouellette’s submission: “Into the Acadian Sea” evokes haunting longings for the sea and for love lost. The scene is palpably real, yet emotionally mysterious. Grief-stricken worries of the human heart are set against a stark, beautiful landscape. While the central character waits for the return of one who does “business in great waters,” we, the readers, also wait, enchanted by this page, ready for more.
Author of Body of a Dancer (Etruscan Press, 2011), Foreword Reviews Book of the Year finalist for autobiography and memoir, D’Aoust was trained on scholarship as a dancer at Pacific Northwest Ballet and later at the Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance. She has numerous publications and awards to her credit, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts Journalism Institute for Dance Criticism at American Dance Festival, support from the Puffin Foundation, and grants from the Idaho Commission on the Arts.
D’Aoust’s anthology publications include Reading Dance (Pantheon, 2008), edited by Robert Gottlieb, On Stage Alone (University Press of Florida, 2012), edited by Claudia Gitelman and Barbara Palfy, and Animal Companions, Animal Doctors, Animal People (Ontario Veterinary College, 2012), edited by Hilde Weisert and Elizabeth Arnold Stone. D’Aoust holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Columbia University.
Previous Recipients of The Etruscan Prize
|2019||Iris Ouellette||Fiction||Renée D’Aoust|
|2018||Sarah Bedford||Memoir||Bruce Bond|
|2017||Ronnie Stephens||Poetry||Myrna Stone|
|2016||Jeremiah Blue||Memoir||Tim Seibles|
|2015||Vanessa Taylor||Poetry||Diane Raptosh|
|2014||Ahrend Torrey||Poetry||Remica Bingham|
|2013||Kaitlyn Burrier||Fiction||Michael Blumenthal|
|2012||Jason Carney||Fiction/Memoir||Carol Moldaw|
|2011||Joseph Schwartzburt||Fiction||William Heyen|
|2010||Alysha Haran||Memoir||H. L. Hix|