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Submissions for the 2015 Prize are now being accepted. See 2015 Award Guidelines for details.


Philip Gefter Discusses Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe at the Library of Congress

Interview at Library of Congress
Grace Cavalieri interviews Philip Gefter at the Library of Congress

Listen to Audio Podcast (28:28 minutes)

“The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress” is now celebrating 38 years on air, founded and still produced by poet Grace Cavalieri.
This recorded program features an interview with 2014 Marfield Prize Winner Philip Gefter who discusses the life of photography collector Sam Wagstaff with selected readings from the winning book Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe.




A Judge’s Notebook, Grace Cavalieri,, Mar 2014

A New Writing Prize in American Letters, Karren LaLonde Alenier, Scene4 Magazine, Feb 2014

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