Feb 16, 2015

HARRY BAULD, Winner of the Milton Kessler Memorial Award for Poetry

Milton Kessler, poet and teacher, was a great friend and mentor to students in the creative writing program at Binghamton University. Harpur Palate created this annual award in honor of his dedication to the development of writers.

We are happy to announce Harry Bauld as the winner of the Milton Kessler Memorial Award for Poetry for his piece "Science Section"!

Poetry Editor Sri Siddhi N. Upadhyay describes Bauld and his work:
Bauld accomplished an elegant balance of keeping snark and sentiment within a simple, accessible story. The juxtaposed vastness of infinity with the intimacy of two people in a quaint cafe, and the reader being privy to the speaker's private thoughts, makes the poem feel genuine and not jaded, wry, snide, or highfalutin. The poem felt fresh to me because the poet encourages the reader to pause and make observations even within such a concisely captured moment. Writing that shows me something unexpected and that helps me feel like these everyday relatable instances are something new is always delightful to read.

Below is "Science Section," found in our latest issue.

Harry Bauld, "Science Section," Harpur Palate 14.2


Harry Bauld is from Medford, Massachusetts. He was included by Matthew Dickman in Best New Poets 2012, and his poems have appeared in many publications, including Nimrod, Southern Poetry Review, The Southeast Review, Verse Daily, Ruminate, The Baltimore Review, Whiskey Island, and The Adirondack Review. He won the 2008 New Millennium Writings poetry prize. He has taught and coached baseball, basketball, and boxing at high schools in Vermont and New York.

Congratulations, Harry Bauld!


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