Friday  May 20  6pm  Arroyo Wine Bar
Mark Fischer Poetry Prize
After the official “opening of the book” on LitFest 2016, this annual prize will be awarded. Named in memory of Telluride’s much-loved poet, lawyer, skier and raconteur, Fischer was a daring experimenter who combined a polyglot’s command of languages with a quirky sense of humor and a passion for obtuse words. In that spirit, prizes are awarded to entries that best exhibit the qualities of originality, novelty, complex meaning, linguistic skill and wit. The wilder the better. The prize comes with a cash award of $1,000, with three finalist awards of $100 each. For 2016, 329 poems were submitted by 129 poets from all over the US! The final judge in 2016 will be Southwest poet extraordinaire Judyth Hill, whose poem “Wage Peace” received international recognition after 9/11. More info here