My poem “Wild Turkeys in Mississippi, May 16, 1863″ has won first prize in the literary journal Crucible‘s poetry contest. This poem is about visiting the battlefield of Champion Hill in Mississippi with my husband Michael, where we saw many wild turkeys. The trip helped me to imagine what the area experienced during the Civil War. I originally wrote the poem in 1998.
Crucible is based at Barton College in Wilson, North Carolina. My poem will be published in the spring 2015 issue of Crucible. I have already received a check for $150, which is the first prize payment.