The Patricia Dobler Poetry Award, sponsored by Madwomen in the Attic, is an annual contest open to women writers over the age of 40 who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, currently living in the U.S., who have not published a full-length book of poetry, fiction, or non-fiction.
Wilson’s poem, “Your Sister Brings Me An Orchard,” with its singular, distinct voice and its willingness to risk, distinguished itself from a field of 426 entries. As winner of the 2021 Patricia Dobler Poetry Award, Wilson will receive $1000 and publication of her winning poem in Voices from the Attic, a Madwomen in the Attic publication.
About the winner: Elizabeth Wilson is a tap dance enthusiast, chronic illness advocate, and Rising Voices of Narcolepsy speaker living in the North Carolina mountains. Her poems have appeared in “13th Moon”, “Asheville Poetry Review”, “Clementine Unbound”, “ONE ART: a journal of poetry”, “Trouvaille Review”, and others. She received her MFA from Hunter College and is currently working on her first manuscript.
To view or download the poem and additional information about our winners [pdf], click on the title of the poem below.