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T. Clear

T. Clear was born the sixth of seven children, into a noisy, crowded and loving household, in a house bumped up against Pacific Northwest second-growth woodlands, open fields and orchards. Her earliest memories are of wandering among Douglas firs and alders, her legs skirted in bracken ferns, ever-wary of stinging nettles. She and her five sisters harvested hazelnuts and apples, blackberries and rhubarb, the promise of pie luring them back into the kitchen where all nine family members gathered each evening for supper. It was a gentle life and provided the landscape from which her writing has grown.

After many years working in glass art, she now works in Human Relations for Seattle Cider Company.

2021 Award Winner
A House, Undone by T. Clear

Judge Priscilla Long selected A House, Undone by T. Clear of Seattle, WA as winner, from a field of 53 entries.

Here's what the judge had to say: "I like its grit and its focus and the beauty of its 'abrubted couplets,' its language."

Available January 2022.

Notable Runners-Up

Jory Mickelson
Eido Frances Carr
Peter Quinn
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