English Instructor Receives Bosque Press Editors’ Poetry Prize

December 7, 2016 -- CNM English Instructor Julie Dunlop is the recipient of the Bosque Press Editors’ 2016 Poetry Prize. Five of her poems appear in the Bosque Press’s 2016 publication, "bosque 6." She was honored at a reading Dec. 1 at Bookworks in Albuquerque.
December 07, 2016

“I’m very grateful to Bosque Press for the unexpected honor of receiving their first Editors’ Prize for Poetry and to all of my teachers whose wisdom and support have helped to shape me as a writer,” Dunlop said. “I’m also grateful to my students who challenge me on a daily basis to be my best. I’ve been blessed by the dedication and diversity of my students through the years, and I love seeing them developing confidence in their writing abilities and contributing their voices to the community.”

Dunlop has been a part-time faculty member at CNM since 2003 and teaches primarily English 1101 and 1102.

The five poems published in "bosque 6" are from a series she wrote several years ago. This particular set of poems features people from different professions dealing with job stress through the relaxation and rejuvenation of yoga.

She said she returned in April to her alma mater, Wake Forest University, where she was invited to participate in a writing conference as a visiting poet. The trip re-awakened her connection with poetry, and she was inspired by visiting with her professors from 20 years ago.

Then she read poetry at Chatter, a non-profit arts and entertainment organization in Albuquerque in June. One of the poems was from her yoga series. A fellow Chatter-goer bought her book of poems specifically for that one poem. She was surprised and decided to try sending poems from this series out into the world again.

Dunlop’s previous awards include Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prizes, fellowships to Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Vermont Studio Center, as well as poetry publications in journals including "Poet Lore," "The Threepenny Review," "South Dakota Review," "North Carolina Literary Review," "Cold Mountain Review," "Baltimore Review" and "Appalachian Heritage."

Prose publications that have included her work include “Syntax of Survival” in Journal of the American Medical Association and a research article “Meditation, Stress Relief, and Well-Being” in Radiologic Technology.