The Martin Dibner Memorial Fellowship in poetry has been awarded to Sherry Abaldo of Rockland and Leonore Hildebrandt of Harrington. The Maine Community Foundation awards the fellowships annually to Maine writers seeking to improve their writing skills.
An educator, Abaldo is a substitute teacher in RSU 13 and a program instructor for RASA, the Rockland After School Alliance. She is a former reporter for the Camden Herald and was a screen- and scriptwriter. A graduate of Wellesley College (BA, 1985) and USC (MFA, 1990), Abaldo will be using her fellowship to attend a workshop and have her manuscript Lucre reviewed.
Hildebrandt is part-time faculty at the University of Maine, where she received her MA in English in 2004; she also holds a BA from University of Maine at Machias (1999). Her poems have appeared in Puckerbrush Review, The Café Review and Bangor Metro, among other journals. Flat Bay Press recently published a chapbook of her poems, The Work at Hand. Her first book of poems, The Work at Hand, is forthcoming with Pecan Grove Press. She will attend the Juniper Writers Conference this summer.
This year’s judges were poets Tony Brinkley and Dawn Potter. Brinkley is the author of Stalin’s Eyes: Poems and Translations and has contributed essays to numerous scholarly journals. Potter’s most recent collection is How the Crimes Happened. She is associate director of the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching.
The Dibner fellowship alternates between fiction and poetry. Next year’s deadline, for fiction writers, is January 15, 2012. Guidelines can be found at or by calling toll free 1-877-700-6800.
Novelist and historian Martin Dibner served on the Maine Arts Commission and was the first director of the Payson Gallery at Westbrook College. Several friends created this fund to honor Dibner’s contributions to the art of writing.
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