Pollock Named to Manchester Poetry Prize Shortlist

James Pollock, Ph.D., Professor of English at Loras College, has been named to the international shortlist of the £10,000 Manchester Poetry Prize, the U.K.’s largest poetry prize for unpublished work. The annual award, for a group of three to five poems, is organized by the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The winner will be announced on February 28.

James Pollock, Ph.D.

Dr. Pollock’s second book of poems, Durable Goods, is forthcoming from Véhicule Press in Montreal in 2022. According to Dr. Pollock, twenty-five of the poems from the manuscript have been published or accepted for publication in literary journals in the U.S., the U.K., and Canada, including PlumeEventGeistMagma, The Walrus, The Antigonish Review, The Humber Literary ReviewContemporary Verse 2, and Painted Bride Quarterly. One of these poems also won Magma Poetry’s £1,000 Editors’ Prize in 2020.

Dr. Pollock began teaching at Loras in 2002. He earned a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from the University of Houston. He teaches poetry writing, advanced poetry writing, poetry in performance, Shakespeare, Canadian literature, modern and contemporary American poetry, and sometimes the senior thesis seminar in creative writing.

Dr. Pollock is the author of Sailing to Babylon, which was a finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award in Poetry, runner-up for the Posner Poetry Book Award, and winner of an Outstanding Achievement Award in Poetry from the Wisconsin Library Association; and You Are Here: Essays on the Art of Poetry in Canada, a finalist for the ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award for a collection of essays. He is also editor of The Essential Daryl Hine, which made The Partisan‘s list of the best books of 2015.

The Manchester Writing Competition 2020 is the United Kingdom’s biggest award for unpublished writing. Former poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy launched the prizes in 2008.

More details on the Manchester Writing Competition, including Dr. Pollock’s submitted poems, can be found here.

You can find out more about Dr. Pollock at https://www.jamespollock.org/.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2019, Loras was the second-highest ranked Catholic college in the state of Iowa according to College Consensus, the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the third consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 10th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).