Local writer nominated for literary prize

The RCAH Center for Poetry at MSU

By Kelsey Block

A retired local art teacher was recently nominated for an international literary prize. Dorothy Brooks, longtime Poetry Center participant, has recently been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her piece that appeared in Hippocampus Magazine.


Brooks said she started writing in 1967 during a stay in Austria. She said she was studying music in Vienna when her husband fell ill and that writing helped her cope with the emotional pressure.

“I didn’t know what to do. I was just alone in the room we had rented and I just picked up a pen and it was automatic writing,” Brooks said. “The pen just started going so I just followed it. What else was there to do?”

Brooks’ work, “Laughing in Navajo: My Journey to the Rez,” chronicles her time on a Navajo Reservation in northwest New Mexico. Brooks moved out west in the 1980s to teach…

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