Finishing Line Press
(FLP) is proud to announce An Anthology of Poetry by Young Adults with
Cancer. Edited by Kathleen Henderson Staudt
Finishing Line Press and the Brendan Ogg
Memorial Fund are curating an anthology of poetry featuring work by young
adults diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 15 and 39.
We welcome submissions of poems on any topic – whether
acutely cancer-related or not. In this
anthology we hope to highlight work by published writers as well as those who are
just finding their voice, for whom life has been altered by cancer.
Please submit between
1-3 poems per entry, with multiple entries permitted. Please submit online using the link below Note: there is a small processing fee of $2 for
each entry. Please also be sure to
include a bio, acknowledgements and cover letter. Our preference is for new work, but
previously published poems will also be considered.
Deadline: May 31, 2017
Background: Brendan Ogg, an aspiring writer, was
diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 19 during his sophomore year at the
University of Michigan. Just before
Brendan passed away at the age of 20, we learned that a collection of his
poems, Summer Becomes Absurd, would
be published by Finishing Line Press.
While acceptance of a chapbook is quite an accomplishment for any
writer, for Brendan it took on additional significance. He took comfort in knowing that he would be
leaving a professional legacy that acknowledged his gifts and hopes for life
The Brendan Ogg Memorial Fund focuses on issues related to
young adults with cancer. From diagnosis
to death, Brendan experienced much of what we have come to learn is the typical
journey of a young adult with cancer – somewhere betwixt and between the
pediatric and adult medical worlds. In
recent years there has been a growing effort to shine a brighter light on the
needs of adolescents and young adults (AYA) with cancer.
An estimated 70,000 young people between the
ages of 15 and 39 are diagnosed with cancer each year - the AYA cohort, as
defined by National Institute of Health
This is 6-7 times the number of children aged
0-14 diagnosed with cancer and represents 5% of total cancer diagnoses in the
Navigating cancer includes addressing needs more
pronounced for this age group:
independence, identity, managing career and family, dating, fertility
and friendships among others
While impressive gains have been made in
survivorship rates for pediatric and adult patients, the overall survivorship
rate for adolescent and young adults has not improved since 1975
We lose roughly 10,000 young men and women on
the cusp of adulthood each year. Cancer is the leading cause of disease-related
deaths for this age group. Only
accidents, suicide and homicide claim more young lives.
With this anthology, we hope to include moving poetry by excellent
poets and also to capture and amplify the experiences, voices and art of this
Kathleen Henderson Staudt has worked as a teacher, poet and
spiritual director at Virginia Theological Seminary, Wesley Seminary, the
University of Maryland and Washington National Cathedral. She is the author of
three books of poetry: Annunciations: Poems out of Scripture; Waving
Back: Poems of Mothering Life and Good Places. Kathy and Brendan
collaborated on Brendan’s book of poems, Summer Becomes Absurd.