The 9th Annual Jim Simmerman Poetry Prize for Poets of Flagstaff District High Schools

The Estate of Jim Simmerman is pleased to announce the winners of the 9th Annual Jim Simmerman Poetry Prize. Selected by award winning poet Erin Stalcup, winners from the annual Jim Simmerman Poetry Prize for local high school students are invited to read their work at Uptown Pubhouse 114 N. Leroux St., Flagstaff, Arizona on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 10:00am.

For the reading students will read on the stage that hosts the Viola Award winning Narrow Chimney Reading Series. During the reading, the venue will be for the exclusive use of the Simmerman Poetry Prize. Consequently, the bar will be closed. There will be no alcohol served, but non-alcohol beverages will be complimentary. We’ll also provide a light brunch/lunch for after the reading. We ask that poets please arrive fifteen minutes early, so that we can prepare the reading lineup. In years past watching family and friends support the readers has been an absolute delight. We hope for a lot of support once again this year.

This year's judge, Erin Stalcup.

Erin Stalcup

The Jim Simmerman Poetry Prize for Poets of Flagstaff District High Schools is made possible by a generous donation from Kim Holland and the Authors In Schools program she founded. Jim Simmerman was a nationally renowned poet and Regents Professor at Northern Arizona University. He often volunteered to teach poetry workshops in local high schools over the course of his long career.

Thank you to this year’s judge Erin Stalcup and to all of the outstanding poetry teachers in Flagstaff High Schools.


James Jay,

Literary Executor, the Estate of Jim Simmerman


Jim Simmerman Poetry Prize 2015


First place: Brenna Vanderheyden for “I Am From Broken Light Switch Covers and Bruises” (Coconino)





Second place: Brianne Panico for “The Only Feature I Cannot Stand, That Is, I Hate My Father’s Hands” (Coconino)



Third place: Leah Weinzinger for “Overtime” (Coconino)


Honorable Mentions

Christian Casey for “Be Me for a Day” (Summitt)

Jacob R.L. Goodwin for “Fallout” (Coconino)

Katherine Graves for “It’s Not Me, It’s You” (Coconino).