Announcing the 2020 Atticus Review Poetry Contest Winners!

by | May 6, 2020 | The Attic

We’re excited to announce the Atticus Review 2020 Poetry Contest winners. Congratulations to the writers below! We will publish the winning selections over the next two Wednesdays.

Thank you to all the wonderful writers who entered and Roberto Carlos Garcia for selecting the contest winners!

1st Prize

Selling Oranges” Genevieve DeGuzman

Genevieve DeGuzmanGenevieve DeGuzman writes poetry and fiction. Her poems appear in Cimarron Review, Five:2:One, Folio, Hobart, Iron Horse Literary Review, RHINO, phoebe, Switchback, and elsewhere. She is a 2020 Best New Poets nominee and was a 2019 James Merrill Poetry Fellow from the Vermont Studio Center. Based in Portland, Oregon, she is currently working on a poetry collection and a novel. Find her at and on Twitter @gen_deg.








2nd Prize

Adobo Variations” Allison Albino

Allison AlbinoAllison Albino is a Filipina-American poet and French teacher who lives and writes in Harlem. Her work has either appeared or is forthcoming in The Rumpus, The Lantern Review, Pigeon Pages, Poetry Northwest, The Common, The Alaska Quarterly Review and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from The Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, The Fine Arts Work Center and Tin House. Her chapbook, “My Mother’s Prufrock,” was a finalist for YesYes Books’ 2019 Vinyl 25 Chapbook Contest. She studied creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and has an M. A. in French literature from NYU. She teaches at The Dalton School in New York City.








3rd Prize

The Soft Edges of Difficult Things” Jeffrey Letterly

Neighborhood” received an Honorable Mention

Jeffrey LetterlyJeffrey Letterly is a conservatory-trained composer/pianist with a master’s degree in interdisciplinary arts. His credits include music played by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, sound documentaries broadcast on public radio stations, several performance art pieces, short films, stories, poems, and art objects. His poetry has appeared in Clackamas Literary Review. Born and raised in a one-stoplight town in Central Illinois, he now resides in Syracuse, NY, where he works in the health insurance industry and sometimes puts on shadow puppet shows with his wife.







Honorable Mention

How I Learned Not to Smile” Peggy Robles-Alvarado

Peggy Robles-AlvaradoPeggy Robles-Alvarado is a tenured educator with degrees in elementary, bilingual education and an MFA in Performance Studies. She’s a Pushcart Prize nominee, BRIO award winner, CantoMundo, Homeschool and Desert Nights Rising Stars Fellow, as well as an International Latino Book Award winner. This initiated Lucumi and Palo priestess was featured on HBO Habla Women, Lincoln Center, Poets & Writers, The Black Spirit Solstice Summit, and The BADD!ASS Women Festival. She’s authored Conversations With My Skin (2011), Homage To The Warrior Women (2012), and through Robleswrites Productions created The Abuela Stories Project (2016) and Mujeres, The Magic, The Movement and The Muse (2017). Her poetry appears in the anthologies The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNext (2020), What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump (2019), Latinas: Voices of Protest and Struggles (2017), and ¡Manteca!- Afro- Latin@ Poets (2017). For more visit

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