Wednesday, June 01, 2011

More Scholarship Winner Bios! Leo Love Winners Cedar Brant and Emma Rainey

Poetry Winner Cedar Brant:
Cedar Brant’s first book of poems, Like Any Other Dream Will Do was  published in 2010 by FootHills Publishing. Her work has appeared in the Whitefish Review and the anthology Poems Across the Big Sky. She  is co-founder of the poetry troupe Bentgrass, who tour Montana  performing poetry and hosting writing workshops.  In 2008 they received a grant from Humanities Montana to travel to the small  ranching towns of eastern Montana.  They have published two anthologies of poetry Windfall Season (2007) and Night Corn (2010). For the past ten years, she has worked as a botanist and field biologist across the west. She spends her summers living in a trailer in various grasslands, counting and keying out plants, and honing her four-wheeling skills.  She was born in a barn in northwest Montana, and now lives in Missoula.

Prose Winner Emma Rainey:

Emma Rainey earned an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program in 2009. Currently she teaches writing, yoga, and choreographs. Past undertakings include writing and editing for the Teaching Company, serving as artistic director for several dance companies, working with homeless teens, and volunteering as faculty advisor for ONE. Her essays have appeared in Southeast Review, Drunken Boat, Two Hawks Quarterly, Iowa Review, and in an anthology published by NCTE titled: Reinventing Identities in Second Language Writing. Since organizing the first free writing workshop for veterans in Iowa City, Ms. Rainey has conducted several workshops for military children with parents serving overseas. She has recently incorporated: Writing My Way Back Home—A Writers’ Workshop for Veterans, and is applying for nonprofit status to continue helping U.S. military personnel finding their way back home through writing.

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