THE LORENE POUNCEY MEMORIAL AWARD
All women poets submitting entries to Houston Poetry Fest 2017 will automatically be considered for a cash prize established by Sandi Glorfield in honor of the late Lorene Pouncey, who passed away December 4, 2011.
Lorene Pouncey, one of the founders of Houston Poetry Fest in 1985, was a life-long lover of poetry. She began seriously writing it in 1963. When Houston Poetry Fest was organized by her, Patricia Roberts, and Prof. George Williams, she became its most enthusiastic volunteer, and remained active on the Steering Committee for many years. She continued writing poetry until her health started to decline in the middle 2000s. A well-recognized scholar, Lorene spoke several languages, and loved learning and reading about everything. For instance, she was a scholar on Hildegard von Bingen. She served in the United States Air Force as a First Lieutenant, worked at the Library of Congress, and served as a librarian at the University of Houston for many years. This award is established in honor of her love of poetry and to ensure that she will be remembered by other poets. The award will be a check to be given each year at the Friday night session of Houston Poetry Fest to an outstanding woman poet chosen by the Houston Poetry Fest judges on the basis of the quality of the poems in her submission.
MARY VILLARREAL MEMORIAL AWARD
(for youth poets only)
Youth poets aged 14 or younger in October who submit to the Youth Poet Competition are eligible for the Mary Villarreal Memorial Award, established by Richard Gamez in memory of his mother, who greatly loved children.
The winner receives an award of $100, and is invited to read one of his or her poems during a session of Houston Poetry Fest.