A collection of poetry by Anna Girgenti (’18) will be featured in the Iowa Chapbook Prize book. Entitled “Asking for Directions,” the collection chronicles Girgenti’s travels through Ireland and Italy, all tied together with an influx of imagery.
Girgenti graduated in May from Loras with a bachelor’s degree in English and creative writing. The published collection is a portion of her senior thesis collection of poems. She is one of only 12 authors selected for inclusion in the book.
The Iowa Chapbook Prize is published annually by the University of Iowa’s Frank N. Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing. According to their website, they look to publish “original work in any literary genre, with particular attention given to creative nonfiction and cross-genre texts that strike toward new territory, representing fresh perspectives and novel attempts to capture life in the literary.”
Girgenti’s other poems include “How to Build a Fire,” featured in Polaris, a literary magazine, and “The Space We Have Left,” originally published in Loras’ Limestone Review and republished in plain china, a national anthology of best undergraduate writing. She also penned “Hunting Land,” a nonfiction piece that appeared in the Oakland Arts Review.
Girgenti is currently working as a writer for PetfoodIndustry Magazine.