Literary Awards

The Lamentation of Rev. Daniel S. Butrick | Dale Cottingham

47th New Millennium Award for Poetry
​Dale Cottingham of ​Edmond, Oklahoma for “The Lamentation of Rev. Daniel S. Butrick”

When the law of the land is injustice, there is but one brave act left: to bear witness, to ensure such atrocities will not be erased from history or obscured by propaganda. In “The Lamentation of Rev. Daniel Butrick,” Cottingham dissolves time and space to remind us that the battle for our better nature wages on, and that empathy remains our strongest weapon. When ugly truths no longer hide in darkness, we will thank the poets for dragging them into the light.

In Search of Leo | ​John Baskin

47th New Millennium Award for Nonfiction
​John Baskin of ​Wilmingt​​on, Ohio for “In Search of Leo”

Embarking on a pilgrimage to honor a dear friend and mentor, Baskin travels the French countryside to learn more about the dark time and place that twice nearly took his friend’s life. A brilliant, thoughtful, and important essay.


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