2017 Contest Winners

2017 Art Prize Winner - Frederick Dessau


A New Jersey native, Fred Dessau moved to California to attend college at UCLA, graduating with a degree in Fine Arts.  Following college graduation, he worked in graphic design, architecture and publishing.  He enlisted in the United States Army and served three tours overseas in Iraq as a military cartographer.  After separating from the Army, he worked as a cartographer before attending Parsons in New York City, where he is currently pursuing a Masters in Fine Arts.  He plans to graduate in May of 2018 and continue his studio practice in New York City.

"He Venido Tan Lejos"

2017 Poetry Prize Winner - Shay Alexi


Shay Alexi is a poet and performance artist whose work lives somewhere between warrior cries, literary fairy dust, and texts from your best friend. She tells stories in an effort to cultivate joy, dismantle patriarchy, promote radical empathy, and throw a really great party. Shay's work has been featured by Button Poetry, Write About Now, HomeGrown Poetry, The Open Floor, and Beecher’s Magazine, in addition to riverSedge. You can see Shay in action and keep up with her work at www.shayalexipoetry.com




2017 Prose Prize Winner - Kathryn Ferguson