About the award

The winner of the Foothill Editors’ Prize is awarded with $100 and recognition in Foothill as an undeniable force in graduate student verse. Each year, three finalists are selected by the Foothill editorial board. These selections are then passed along to a prominent poet, who makes the final decision. Emily Jungmin Yoon judged the 2021 award.

Publication in Foothill‘s forthcoming issue automatically qualifies poets for consideration.

2021 Foothill Editors’ Prize Winner

Remi Recchia for “Morning Fables”

Praise for “Morning Fables”:

‘Morning Fables’ swings between humor and horror, sweetness and sorrow, light and dark, and the fantastical and the real, while also carrying the reader through multiple transformative spaces that ring with absence. The poem comes to a halt in the final line, as everyone in the scene stands “silent & sober & still,” and the reader also faces the same pain that continued to appear throughout the poem in renewed form. “Morning Fablees” is an exquisite poem with a skillful gradation of tone that animates to life the enormity of grief brought by reproductive challenges, all in just seven tercets.

–Emily Jungmin Yoon, Judge

2021 Foothill Editors’ Prize Finalists

Marisa Lainson for “Hyssop”
Rebekah Devine for “Self-Portrait as a Purple Cherub on the Tabernacle Curtain”