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The June Winner of the “Arc Award of Awesomeness” is . . .

self-photo with prizes by the author

Ashley-Rae Carter-Wells, for the poem “The New Opening”!


Sarah Tsiang and the Arc Poetry Magazine Board also selected “Seven Ways to Start an Opening School” by Lisa Stuart, as the June runner-up.


The New Opening
“Opening minds, hearts, and wallets” – Lisa Schamess

To open minds: a tire iron,
enough bicep to swing it,
stomach enough to uproot
bigoted thoughts from between
ears, and voice to ricochet
against spaces relieved of weeds.

To open hearts: trauma trauma trauma
a mantra in violent images on newscasts
played on repeat

Wallets open themselves,
like legs.



You still have time to enter Arc’s next Award of Awesomeness!