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Coastal student wins Paul Rice poetry contest

April 18, 2008

Stephanie Bouzounis of Myrtle Beach has been named winner of the fourth annual Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Series at Coastal Carolina University for her poem "Phoenix."

Sponsored by Coastal's Department of English, the competition is open to CCU students. It honors the memory of the late Paul Rice, a poet, CCU English professor and songwriter who died in 2004.

Bouzounis, a freshman, is a communication major. She is a staff member of Archarios, the university's student literary/art publication. Her parents are Paul and Kety Bouzounis of Myrtle Beach.

Bouzounis will receive a $100 gift certificate to the Coastal Carolina bookstore and 25 copies of the broadside, which will be produced by the end of the semester in an edition of 100 numbered copies. A broadside or broadsheet, is a large single sheet of paper printed on one side.

Patrick Phillips, a poet and English professor from Drew University, judged the contest. "There is so much that I like about this poem: the rich, alliterative music of its lines, the highly effective use of rhyme, the circular structure, and above all the haunting tone," said Phillips of "Pheonix."

Honorable mentions were awarded to Melissa Comparato's "Death Across America" and Brett Stout's "I will never win a contest like this unless someone digs up the corpse of William S. Burroughs and gives him a voice."

To acquire a copy of the "Phoenix" broadside contact Dan Albergotti at 349-2420 or by e-mail at