2022 Patsy Lea Core Award Reading

Open to current Normandale students only, the Patsy Lea Core Living Memorial Award in Creative Writing Competition provides students with the opportunity to win a $250 award and recognition for their poetry and fiction. The competition is judged by well-known, respected Minnesota writers. The 2022 judges were Lukas Ray Hall, Poetry, and Lindsay Starck, fiction

Lindsay Starck's first novel, Noah's Wife, was published by G. P. Putnam's Sons in 2016. Her short prose has recently appeared or is forthcoming in AGNI, the New England Review, the Southern Review, and Ploughshares, among other publications. She is currently at work on a short story collection and a Slenderman-inspired novel called Monsters We Have Made. She teaches at Augsburg University, and when she is not writing, she is adventuring with her husband and her dog, Cedar.

Winners and judges read their work at the Awards Ceremony at 7 pm on THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2022, held in the Garden Room. The 2023 competition will open in March of 2023. You can view the 2022 Reading and Ceremony here:

lukas ray hall was born and raised near the Twin Cities, MN. They are the author of loudest when startled (YesYes Books, 2020), a finalist for the 2020 Julie Suk Award. Their poems have appeared or are forthcoming from Atlanta Review, The Florida Review, the Minnesota Review, Midway Journal, Raleigh Review, Moon City Review, Prime Number Magazine, Lindenwood Review, Sierra Nevada Review, along with other journals. 

lukas ray hall was the poetry first-place winner of the 2013 Patsy Lea Core Living Memorial Award in Creative Writing, and is our first alumni judge of the competition. They hold an MFA from Pacific University, a BFA from Hamline University, and an AFA from Normandale Community College.