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Emily Russell-Roy (I) and Johanna Smith (I) were recently awarded The 2002 Howard Nemerov Poetry Prize by Washington University in St. Louis. Emily won for her poem, “Ophelia,” and Johanna won for her poem entitled “Affair.”

The Howard Nemerov creative writing competition is open to high school juniors and seniors. Three prizes of $250 are awarded both in fiction and in poetry. Members of Washington University’s faculty of writers, including prose writers Marshall Klimasewiski, Kellie Wells and Charles Newman, and poets Mary Jo Bang and Carl Phillips judged the competition.