Gulf Coast Prize
Congratulations to the 2016 Gulf Coast Prize Winners & Honorable Mentions!
For his poem "Calisthenics"
Brandon Rushton’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Journal, CutBank, Sonora Review, Passages North, and others. He holds an MFA from the University of South Carolina. This fall he’ll begin teaching at the College of Charleston. Born and raised in Michigan, he now lives and writes in Charleston, South Carolina.
Cassidy Norvell Thompson
For her essay "Witness Trees"
Cassidy Norvell Thompson earned an MFA in creative writing from Murray State University in western Kentucky, where she teaches Spanish to high-schoolers and spins yarn—both the knitted and the written kind. She was a nonfiction finalist in the 2016 Writers@Work Annual Fellowship Competition, and her short essay “Ghost Ship, 1964” is forthcoming in the July 2016 issue of New Madrid. “Witness Trees” is an excerpt from the book-length nonfiction project she calls “Core Samples: An Essay on Land Divided, in Three Parts.”
For his story "Destiny"
Mike Alberti grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and received his BA from Vassar College and his MFA from the University of Minnesota. He lives in Minneapolis and has taught creative writing at the University of Minnesota, the Loft Literary Center, and in Minnesota state prisons as a part of the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop.