Congratulations to the three winners of our poetry contest, held in honour of National Poetry Month; winning entries will be published in the upcoming Spring 2015 issue of Agave Magazine.
Haiku: Daniel Lassell
Daniel Lassell has been featured, or is forthcoming, in publications such as Reed Magazine, Steam Ticket Journal, Hawaii Pacific Review, The Citron Review, and Sixfold. His poems have also been anthologized, most recently in New Poetry from the Midwest 2014. He lives with his wife in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Sonnet: Michelle Matheny
Michelle Matheny graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in German. She stayed at home to raise and homeschool her three daughters for a number of years before returning back to school herself. Michelle has a certificate in secondary English education through Washington University in St. Louis and is pursuing her M.A. in English Studies through Southeast Missouri State University. She is currently writing her thesis on Shakespeare's history plays. Great books and classical education are her passions.
Free verse: Pavel Petr (translated from the Czech by Sylva Ficova)
Pavel Petr was born on January 3rd, 1969 in Zlin. He studied metal cutting as a fitter and workshop planner. In 1992 he joined the operations division of Zlin's Regional Art Gallery, where he still works; he is also an editor of the Prostor Zlin Review, which publishes contemporary Czech poets. Pavel is represented in many Czech and foreign anthologies of poetry; his poems have been translated into French, Russian, German, Polish, Slovenian, Italian, and Portuguese.
Honourable mentions go to Jacob Appel, Nancy Brewka-Clark, Mary Schmidt, and Ana Prundaru.