John Davis Wins 2012 Bunchgrass Poetry Prize 2012

John Davis of Bainbridge Island, WA, is the winner of the second annual Bunchgrass Poetry Prize for his poem “Your Mustache.” The judge for this year’s competition was Michael McGriff, author of Dismantling the Hills (Pitt). In addition to publication in the spring 2012 print and electronic versions of basalt, Mr.Davis will receive a cash award of $500.

For more information about John Davis, please visit his website:

Finalists (chosen from 12 Semi-Finalists) for the Bunchgrass Poetry Prize 2012 also included:

Linda Foster of Grand Rapids, MI, “Scar”
Jade Sylvan of Sommerville, MA, “Future Of” and “I Am Driving Away from You”
Greg Chaimov of Milwaukie, OR, “Home Country” and “Stereopticon”

The winning poem will be featured in the spring issue of basalt. All finalists will have their work considered for publication either at our website or in the spring issue of basalt. All contestants for this year’s Bunchgrass Poetry Prize will receive a one-year complimentary subscription to basalt.

Guidelines for the Bunchgrass Poetry Prize 2013 will appear on our website later this spring. We encourage you to visit our blog at for recent news updates, essays, reviews, and information.

We wish to thank everyone for their participation and hope that you will consider basalt again in the future as both contributors and readers.