Announcing the Winners for the 2018 Atticus Review Videopoem Contest!

by | Dec 21, 2018 | The Attic

We’re very pleased to announce the Atticus Review 2018 Videopoem Contest winners. Congratulations filmmakers and writers below!

Thank you to everybody entered and to Marie Craven for selecting the contest winners.

We will be publishing all winning pieces on January 11th!

1st Prize

“Things I Found in the Hedge”
Kathryn L. Darnell (director, animation)
Lucy English (writer, voice)
Country: USA / UK

Kathryn Darnell

Kathryn (Kate) Darnell comes to poetry film only recently after several decades as a professional calligrapher and illustrator in traditional media. Her “animated calligraphics” grew out of experimental calligraphy on paper in which she layers words and uses transparency to create abstract manuscripts and calligraphic paintings. The intent is to express shapes and rhythms; both from the poetry she is representing and those inherent in the act of writing. Adding the element of time by animating the written letters was a natural development in this work that plays outside the boundaries of literal.

A native of Michigan in the U.S. and a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Art, Kate divides her time between commercial art and fine art practice. The former has been part of everything from children’s books to annual reports; from company logos to award certificates. In 2005 she designed her first font: Sweeney, a type design with both Celtic and Italic attributes. Her personal artwork is regularly exhibited in galleries, and she is also an adjunct professor of art, teaching drawing and color theory at Lansing Community College.

She lives with her husband in East Lansing, Michigan – a bicycle ride away from her downtown studio. Find her online at her Web site, Vimeo, or Instagram.

Lucy EnglishLucy English (also the writer for our Second Prize winning entry) is a novelist and spoken word poet. She is Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Her current project ‘The Book of Hours’ is a re-imagining of a medieval book of Hours in poetry film form. She has been creating this over the last four years and the final project has 48 poetry films made with 27 collaborators. Find her online here and on Twitter.


2nd Prize

“Qué Es El Amor (What Is Love)”
Eduardo Yagüe (director)
Lucy English (writer)
Country: Spain / UK

Eduardo YagueEduardo Yagüe (Gijón -Spain-, 1970) has studied Dramatic Arts and Spanish Language and Literature. In Madrid he worked as an actor in theater and film. He is interested in mixing genres in his videos, searching the limits and interactions of poetic and cinematographic languages. His works are characterized by the roles of actors and by the choice of strong and emotionally moving poems. Find him online here and at Vimeo.


3rd Prize

“The Whole Speaks”
Caroline Rumley (director)
Nelms Creekmur (writer, voice)
Country: USA

Caroline RumleyCaroline Rumley is a multi-modal storyteller working primarily with moving images. Her films have screened at festivals in North America and Europe including the Atlanta Film Festival, the Zebra, Ó Bhéal, and Juteback Poetry fests, Still Voices, Haverhill, Anti-Matter, the Houston Center for Photography, and upcoming at Sundance. She works in Atlanta, where she lives with her family. Find her online here.



Nelms CreekmurNelms Creekmur is a writer and blacksmith who lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. He spends his days making art out of collected railroad ties, crafting them into useful and ruggedly beautiful items.When he is not pounding metal on an anvil, he can be found pounding the keys of an old school typewriter, telling tales of what it is like to create something out of nothing. Find him online here.




Honorable Mention

“The Cleanest Hands”
Amy Bailey (director, writer, voice)
Country: USA

Amy BaileyAmy Bailey is pursuing an MFA at Miami University where she serves as Oxford Magazine‘s nonfiction editor and won the Jordan-Goodman Award in creative nonfiction. She received her BA from Kent State University in journalism and mass communication and spent many years in the south working in television news and magazine production before returning to Ohio. Her work has appeared most recently in Aquifer. Other pieces have appeared in PMS: Poem Memoir Story (now known as NELLE), Blotterature, Voicemail Poems, and Revolution House, among others. You can find her on Instagram @starving4words.

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Atticus Review is a weekly online journal that publishes stories, poems, flash prose, creative nonfiction, mixed media, book reviews, and other genre-busting words of wisdom and interactive literary whimsy.