by Mara Adamitz Scrupe
Highly Commended in the Bare Fiction Prize for Poetry 2017
in the ambush in the middle
of nowhere we go in for low intimacy/ bowels/ duodenum
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Mara Adamitz Scrupe is the author of three poetry collections, BEAST, awarded the 2014 Stevens Manuscript Prize (NFSPS Press, 2014), Sky Pilot (Finishing Line Press, 2012), and Magnalia, a winner in the 2017 Eyewear Press Chapbook Competition. Her poems have appeared in Comstock Review, Off The Coast, Narrative Magazine, The Cincinnati Review, Bare Fiction, Matador Review, Ruminate, Crosswinds Review, Crab Creek Review and Sentinel Quarterly Literary Review (UK), among others. She has won or been shortlisted for numerous awards including the Fish Poetry Prize, BigCi Environmental Writing Fellowship, Aesthetica Creative Writing Award, Fool for Poetry Pamphlet Competition, Erbacce Poetry Prize, The Plough Poetry Prize, Ron Pretty Poetry Prize, Periplum Book Award, Sentinel Quarterly Book Award, Stiwdio Maelor Poetry Prize, Cornwall Poetry Festival Competition, University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s Poetry Award, and the National Poetry Society Competition. She divides her time between her farm in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains piedmont, and Philadelphia where she is professor of Fine Arts at The University of the Arts.