Andrés Montoya was educated at California State University in Fresno, where he studied with Philip Levine. He went on to earn his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Oregon, where he studied with Garrett Hongo. His work appeared in various literary journals, including The Santa Clara Review, In the Grove, Bilingual Review/Revista Bilingüe, and Flies, Cockroaches, and Poets. His various occupations included field hand, ditch digger, canner, ice plant worker, and writing teacher.
He was the author of The Iceworker Sings (Bilingual Press, 1999)—the manuscript that won the 1997 Chicano/Latino Literary Prize at UC Irvine. The judge was Francisco X. Alarcón. The collection went on to win a Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award in 2000. Born on May 18th, 1968, Andrés Montoya died on May 26th, 1999, at the age of 31. The co-founder of the Chicano Writers and Artists Association, Montoya’s work continues to touch us all.
The Final Judge:
Silvia Curbelo is the author of three collections of poetry: The Geography of Leaving (Silverfish Review Press), The Secret History of Water (Anhinga Press), and Ambush (Main Street Rag). She has received poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Florida Arts Council, and the Cintas Foundation. She is also the recipient of the Jessica Nobel Maxwell Memorial Poetry Prize from American Poetry Review, where her poetry and prose have appeared. Her poems have been published in literary journals and more than two dozen anthologies, including The Body Electric: America’s Best Poetry, Snakebird: Thirty Years of Anhinga Poets, and Norton’s Anthology of Latino Literature. A native of Cuba, Silvia lives in Tampa, Florida, and is managing editor for Organica magazine.
The postmark deadline:
January 15, 2010