The Wick Poetry Center is pleased to announce Michael Mlekoday as the 2012 winner of the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize, judged by Dorianne Laux. Mlekoday will be awarded $2,500, and his manuscript,The Dead Eat Everything, will be published by the Kent State University Press. Mlekoday will take part in the Wick Reading Series next year with Laux.
Michael Mlekoday holds degrees from the University of Minnesota and Kansas State University. He is currently an MFA candidate at Indiana University and a National Poetry Slam Champion. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ninth Letter, Sycamore Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Sixth Finch, Anti-, and other journals. He is Poetry Editor of Indiana Review.
First runner up for the prize was Blood Knowledge by Matthew Siegel. Second runner up was The Gaffer by Celeste Gainey.