New York, NY -- Poet Claudia Burbank and fiction writer Daniel Degnan, both of New Jersey, are the recipients of the 2010 Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award. Burbank and Degnan will each receive an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City in October to meet with agents, editors, publishers, and other members of the New York literary community. Judges for this year's prize were poet Sophie Cabot Black and fiction writer Nahid Rachlin. In poetry, the first runner up was David Livewell and the second runner up was Anne Keefe. In fiction, the first runner up was Carol Fragale Brill and the second runner up was Kathleen Gerard.
Claudia Burbank's work has been featured on Verse Daily and published in such journals as New Letters, Prairie Schooner, Smartish Place, Subtropics, and 32 Poems. Her honors include a fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Inkwell Prize, and several Pushcart Prize nominations. She is a former telecommunications executive and road warrior. She graduated from Vassar College and lives in Bernardsville, NJ.
Daniel Degnan's work has been published in the anthology 2Do Before I Die and online in Opium Magazine. He was a finalist for submission to Best New American Voices at Sarah Lawrence and a finalist in Opium Magazine's 500-word memoir contest. He is currently the CFO of Winston Preparatory School, a school for learning disabled students. He holds a BS in art and design from MIT and an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence. He lives in Jersey City, NJ.
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