Jack Grapes

Sean Thomas Dougherty: “In the Room Next Door How Many People Have Died”

Sean Thomas Dougherty, “In the Room Next Door How Many People Have Died,” 2021 Jack Grapes Poetry Prize Winner selected by Judge Mariano Zaro This poem travels from specific anecdotes (“the old teacher with dementia”, “a white woman/named Eliza who snored/so loud I could hear her down the hall”) to the brutal territory of racism …

Sean Thomas Dougherty: “In the Room Next Door How Many People Have Died” Read More »

Rebekah Wolman: “Mourning Jewelry (San Francisco, February 2021)

Rebekah Wolman, “Mourning Jewelry (San Francisco, February 2021),” 2021 Jack Grapes Poetry Prize Winner selected by Judge Clare MacQueen Writing that’s lyrical and emotionally evocative grabs my attention. I also like writing that’s accessible and yet inspires me to learn something new. This poem does it all, while painting a brilliant picture of the SkyStar …

Rebekah Wolman: “Mourning Jewelry (San Francisco, February 2021) Read More »

Hey Jack

Hey Jack, Remember some years back, when I called to say we planned to start a Poetry Prize at Cultural Weekly. Could we name it after you? You said, and I’ll never forget this, “Can I donate for the prizes?” – That’s not necessary, I said. – But I want to, you said. So it …

Hey Jack Read More »

Cultural Weekly

2016 Jack Grapes Poetry Prize Contest: Winners

Cultural Weekly empowers creativity only because it is empowered by you. This piece featuring the winners of the Jack Grapes Poetry Contest  was originally published last month – October 2016.  It is one of 100 reasons why we ask you to support our efforts. By considering a tax-deductible donation to support our collective cultural conversations. Thank …

2016 Jack Grapes Poetry Prize Contest: Winners Read More »

road

2016 Jack Grapes Poetry Prize Contest: Finalists

The 2016 Cultural Weekly Open Submission period, featuring the Jack Grapes’ Poetry Prize, has ended. The winners and finalists decided. All the poems were read blind, ie: the poet’s name was removed from the poems and substituted with a number. All poems were read in their entirety.  This year, 554 poems were submitted. From them, three winners, and five …

2016 Jack Grapes Poetry Prize Contest: Finalists Read More »

Jack Grapes: Five Haiku

Jack Grapes is an award-winning poet, actor, playwright, and teacher. He’s written two how-to books, Method Writing and Advanced Method Writing. He wrote and starred in Circle of Will, which ran for several years in Hollywood and won two drama critic awards for Best Comedy and Best Performance by an Actor. His most recent books of poetry are The …

Jack Grapes: Five Haiku Read More »

Jack Grapes

3rd Annual Jack Grapes Poetry Prize: Winners & Finalists

The 2015 Cultural Weekly Open Submission period, featuring the Jack Grapes’ Poetry Prize, has ended. The winners and finalists decided. All the poems were read blind, ie: the poet’s name was removed from the poems and substituted with a number. All poems were read in their entirety. This year, almost 500 poems were submitted. From …

3rd Annual Jack Grapes Poetry Prize: Winners & Finalists Read More »

Jack Grapes

Poetry Contest: Submissions Are Open

Update: Cultural Weekly’s Jack Grapes Poetry Prize Poetry Contest is now closed. The submission period is over. We we hold the contest again next year. Cash prizes of $250 for first place, $150 for second place, and $100 for third place, including publication in Cultural Weekly. In addition, three finalists will be chosen and awarded $50 each, …

Poetry Contest: Submissions Are Open Read More »

The Consolations of Sorrow: A Review of All the Sad Angels by Jack Grapes

Sometimes the reading of a book begins with the experience of the book itself as an object. Such was the case with All the Sad Angels, a book of poems by Jack Grapes. The book is small and thin, a throwback to City Lights Pocket Poets Series, which began in the Fifties, or the dime …

The Consolations of Sorrow: A Review of All the Sad Angels by Jack Grapes Read More »

Life’s Various Rings of Fire: A Not So Sad Review of All the Sad Angels

Thanks to the cover art on Jack Grapes’s most recent book of poetry—a painting by Marc Chagall titled “The Circus”—you enter “the big top” just by holding the book in your hands. You can almost hear the music. The book opens with a photograph of Grapes having just tossed an apple into the air, the …

Life’s Various Rings of Fire: A Not So Sad Review of All the Sad Angels Read More »

What are you looking for?