Bright Wings Poetry Contest Winners

 
 
Nadine Ellsworth-Moran  recently moved to Georgia where she works in full-time ministry while pursuing her love of writing. She is fascinated by the stories unfolding all around her and seeks to bring everyone into conversation around a common table through her writing. She has degrees in Political Science, European Studies, Christian Education and Divinity.  Her essays and poems have appeared in  Interpretation ,  The Presbyterian Outlook, Structo, Kakalak , and  Saint Katherine Review , among others. She hopes to continue listening closely and writing about the shared experience of life in these times, with particular interest in the joys and struggles of coming to understand the history, identity, and culture of the modern South. She enjoys traveling near and far, but is often most content to just walk along the river near her home and observe the wonderful wildlife and natural beauty right at her back door.

Nadine Ellsworth-Moran recently moved to Georgia where she works in full-time ministry while pursuing her love of writing. She is fascinated by the stories unfolding all around her and seeks to bring everyone into conversation around a common table through her writing. She has degrees in Political Science, European Studies, Christian Education and Divinity.

Her essays and poems have appeared in Interpretation, The Presbyterian Outlook, Structo, Kakalak, and Saint Katherine Review, among others. She hopes to continue listening closely and writing about the shared experience of life in these times, with particular interest in the joys and struggles of coming to understand the history, identity, and culture of the modern South. She enjoys traveling near and far, but is often most content to just walk along the river near her home and observe the wonderful wildlife and natural beauty right at her back door.

 
Hanna Watson     is a freelance poet, writer, and speaker based in Chapel Hill, NC. She began writing as a search for solace in the face of injustice. Through this art form, the Creator reintroduced Himself to her by teaching her to mimic His methods of making something good out of nothing -- nothing but the words that He would give her.     Hanna is a student of African-American & Diaspora Studies and Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina, where she also teaches workshops on writing for the worship context. This ministry of poetry has carried her around the world from Washington, DC to Cape Town to Jerusalem. Hanna was a featured artist with the Poets in Autumn, the world’s largest spoken word poetry tour, and has shared the stage with Grammy-recognized artists Lecrae and Jonathan McReynolds.


Hanna Watson is a freelance poet, writer, and speaker based in Chapel Hill, NC. She began writing as a search for solace in the face of injustice. Through this art form, the Creator reintroduced Himself to her by teaching her to mimic His methods of making something good out of nothing -- nothing but the words that He would give her.


Hanna is a student of African-American & Diaspora Studies and Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina, where she also teaches workshops on writing for the worship context. This ministry of poetry has carried her around the world from Washington, DC to Cape Town to Jerusalem. Hanna was a featured artist with the Poets in Autumn, the world’s largest spoken word poetry tour, and has shared the stage with Grammy-recognized artists Lecrae and Jonathan McReynolds.

 
Kristina Erny     is a third culture poet who grew up in South Korea. Her poetry has appeared in  The Los Angeles Review ,  Tupelo Quarterly ,  Yemassee ,  Bluestem,  and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the University of Arizona, and her work has been the recipient of the Tupelo Quarterly Inaugural Poetry Open Prize and the Ruskin Art Club Poetry Award. Her manuscript  Wax of What's Left  was a finalist for Tupelo Press's Dorset Prize, Ahsahta Sawtooth Poetry award, and the Colorado Prize for Poetry.  After many years of teaching internationally, she currently teaches creative writing at Asbury University and lives in Kentucky with her husband, sons, and daughter.

Kristina Erny is a third culture poet who grew up in South Korea. Her poetry has appeared in The Los Angeles Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Yemassee, Bluestem, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the University of Arizona, and her work has been the recipient of the Tupelo Quarterly Inaugural Poetry Open Prize and the Ruskin Art Club Poetry Award. Her manuscript Wax of What's Left was a finalist for Tupelo Press's Dorset Prize, Ahsahta Sawtooth Poetry award, and the Colorado Prize for Poetry.

After many years of teaching internationally, she currently teaches creative writing at Asbury University and lives in Kentucky with her husband, sons, and daughter.