Hessa Hilal Takes Third in The Million’s Poet!

by Elizabeth Hoover    /  April 8, 2010  / 1 Comment



I am a little disappointed that she didn’t win the first prize, but I am also excited that so many people saw her reciting her brave poetry.

The headline in Arabian Business reads “Saudi death treat poet misses out on Million’s Poet title,” but that fact that she kept reading in face of death threats and public outcry makes her a winner in my book.

And she took home over $800,000 in prize money. Not bad.

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Elizabeth Hoover earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Indiana University, where she received a Project on African Expressive Traditions grant and the Won-Joon Yon Scholarship for Racial Tolerance. She has written for American Heritage, Life, and Poets and Writers. Her criticism has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She has published poetry in The Adirondack Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and the Atlanta Review. Recently, New Letters nominated her for a Pushcart Prize. Hoover is a former associate editor at Sampsonia Way.

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One Comment on "Hessa Hilal Takes Third in The Million’s Poet!"

  1. Jenny April 8, 2010 at 12:40 pm ·

    Some American Idol runners up have ended up having bigger success than the winners, too.

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