The Art Young

Memorial Award for Poetry

 

In July of 1945, the New Masses magazine presented the first Art Young Memorial Prize for Poetry.  The New Masses wrote, “When our beloved colleague, Art Young, died we thought there could be no more fitting memorial to him than to continue, in his name, the deep and abiding interest he always had in the work of younger artists and writers...thus were born the Art Young Memorial Awards” - which included awards for poetry, short story, reportage and art (cartoon or painting).

There’s an artist, so forgotten, that one almost believes he couldn’t have possibly existed - because when you see what he created, you think, how could somebody with such insight, such clarity, such incite, such vision, ever get lost to the fractals of time...yet this is exactly how one might describe the legacy of Art Young.


Last year we announced the return (after a seventy year hiatus) of the Art Young Memorial Award for Poetry as one of many steps being taken to rewrite time so as to right this wrong.  The 2015 winner of the Art Young Memorial Award for Poetry was Amy Lerman, with her poem Why Is It?  (See above)


In 1945, about eighteen months after he passed away, his friends at The New Masses wrote, “When our beloved colleague, Art Young, died we thought there could be no more fitting memorial to him than to continue, in his name, the deep and abiding interest he always had in the work of younger artists and writers...thus were born the Art Young Memorial Awards” - which included awards for poetry, short story, reportage and art (cartoon or painting).


The winning poem of 1945, Soldier Song by Floyd Wallace, included publication of the work in The New Masses along with a $100 prize. The poem, which can be seen below, will be the only provided guide as to theme and cadence of the work. We do suggest, however, researching Art Young, Max Eastman, Hellen Keller, The Masses (magazine 1911 - 1917), Good Morning (magazine 1919 - 1921) and the Art Young Gallery in Bethel CT.


Now, with inflation, that $100 from 1945 would presently be $1,323.61 at a cumulative rate of 1223.6%. I can assure you Art Young would have something brilliant, poignant, and eviscerating, to say about this. Sadly, as but a small journal, we cannot afford to keep pace with these exorbitant times. So, we’re offering the same $100 and who knows what else will be thrown into the prize mix beyond the financial. Our whimsy knows no bounds.


The winning piece will be published in Art Young’s Good Morning (the present home of the ongoing Garbanzo Literary Journal project) for the March 1st 2016 issue.


There is one free submission per person. If you’d like to submit more than one piece for consideration, there is a $5 reading fee for each additional piece. Winners will be announced on Art Young’s 149th birthday - January 14th, 2016 - with this being the annual award date.  Now confirmed as an annual award, the entry deadline is October 31st each year. Please, no previously published work. All submissions should be sent to artyoung @ garbanzoliteraryjournal.org


Initial round of judging will be by Mr & Mrs Garbanzo who will whittle the entries down to 15 - 20 finalists. From there, final decisions will be the purview of our judges team...tbd for the 2016 award...


We look forward to reading your works!

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CONGRATULATIONS AMY LERMAN WINNER OF THE 2015 AWARD

FOR HER POEM “WHY IS IT?”

Here in 2015, Garbanzo Literary Journal reprises that honor in the name of the “Dean of American Cartoonists”.  We are now ready to announce the recipient.


Art Young was the foremost political cartoonist in the country, from 1910 through 1940.  From his work on The Masses, to The Nation, to his own publication Good Morning, Art’s simple pen work and insightful captions, shone a bright light on the dark shadows of capitalism, war, and the oppression of workers and common folk, everywhere.


We’re also taking this opportunity to thank the readers and friends who helped determine the winner of this first prize - Alice Hutchinson (owner of the amazing indie bookstore Byrd’s Books - www.byrdsbooks.com), Dr. Suanna Davis Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of English, Abilene Christian Univ. - www.teachingcollegeenglish.com), Amy Nawrocki (Professor of English at the University of Bridgeport and author of Four Blue Eggs and the upcoming Reconnaissance - www.amynawrocki.org), and Eric D. Lehman (Professor of English at the University of Bridgeport and author of numerous books including Afoot in Connecticut and Becoming Tom Thumb - www.ericdlehman.org).  Without their assistance, awards like this cannot ever be a reality.


Thusly, ergo and certainly, this year’s Art Young Award for Poetry (the first annual, second overall, in its seventieth year of existing) goes to Amy Lerman for her poem Why Is It?  The award includes a $100 cash prize, publication in the upcoming Garbanzo Literary Journal (volume five) available on March 31st, 2015 as well as a handful of books and various items that us Garbanzo editors deem fitting.  Goodness knows it’ll be something like a gift basket, but without the basket and the cellophane.


Four honorable mentions are awarded to James G. Piatt for his poem The Soldier, Jacqueline Jules for her poem Teacher, the poem Green Marzipan Memories by Deb Kavis and The Bloody Wars by Ehud Sela.  The honorable mention pieces will also appear in Garbanzo Literary Journal (volume five).


In addition to the Art Young Memorial Award for Poetry, Garbanzo’s parent and publisher, Seraphemera Books, announces the publication of Art Young’s last-and-lost-for-fifty-years previously unpublished manuscript Types of the Old Home Town.  This release is in a limited first edition of 333 hardbound and handmade books.  More information can be found at www.artyougngallery.org/types.html


Art Young said in an introduction to his friend Samuel A. DeWitt’s book of collected poems, Harvest, “If the poet’s appeal is universal, and his meaning is openly arrived at, then, taking good technique for granted, he gives you poetry that is real.  Music, to my mind, is the only one of the arts which need have no definite meaning.  Obviously all the arts are allied and the different methods of communication are often similar.  Poetry and pictures are closely related, both being worth while if they convey an idea, the revealing of some truth which the artist has discovered for himself.”  Thank you all for sharing your truths with us.


With those words from Art, all that’s left to be said is...submissions are now open for the 2016 Art Young Award for Poetry and can be sent to artyoung@garbanzoliteraryjournal.org

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