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Creative writing student receives 2016 Adroit Prize in Poetry

Apr 11, 2016

Ohio Northern University student Rachel Cruea, a junior creative writing major from Findlay, Ohio, has received the 2016 Adroit Prize in Poetry, an international poetry prize for undergraduates and high school students presented by The Adroit Journal.

Cruea’s poem, “The Yellow Marrow Doesn’t Matter,” was selected by judge Corey Van Landingham from thousands of entries from around the world. “This gorgeous, unswerving poem holds great power in its address to an ill sibling,” Van Landingham wrote. “Never florid, never easily sentimental, this poet knows: Illness is not grand.”

“We’re thrilled that Rachel’s work is receiving so much attention,” said Jennifer Moore, assistant professor of creative writing. “It speaks to the successes of the English department, the Getty College of Arts & Sciences, and the University on the whole.”

The Adroit Prize for Poetry is awarded annually to a student of secondary or undergraduate status whose written work “inspires the masses to believe beyond feeling the work.” Published on a quarterly online basis, The Adroit Journal was founded in November 2010 by poet Peter LaBerge. Its goal is to showcase what its global staff sees as the future of poetry, prose and art.

You can read Cruea’s poem and learn more about the prize at


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