Penn State Erie professor of English wins national poetry prize

December 17, 2010

The Missouri Review has honored George Looney, professor of English and creative writing at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, with its 20th annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize in Poetry.

Looney’s winning group of poems was selected from 2,500 contest entries. In addition to receiving a cash award of $5,000, he will be honored at a spring reading and reception in Columbia, Miss. Founded in 1978 at the University of Missouri, The Missouri Review is one of the country’s most highly regarded literary journals.

Looney chairs Penn State Behrend’s Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in creative writing, the only undergraduate creative writing program in the Penn State system. He won the 2007 Penn State Program Chair Leadership Award for his direction of the program.

Looney’s fourth book of poetry, "Open Between Us", was published in 2010 by Turning Point, an imprint of WordTech communications. His first book of fiction, "Hymn of Ash," won the 2007 Elixir Press Fiction Chapbook Award, and his third book of poetry, "The Precarious Rhetoric of Angels," received the 10th annual White Pine Press Poetry Prize. He is a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship recipient, and was awarded a $10,000 fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in 2006.

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