Marmion teacher awarded in emerging writers competition

Fox Valley resident Dr. Richard Holinger, a Marmion Academy English teacher and published author, is one of the winners of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award in the ninth annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition.

The competition is named after the late Pulitzer Prize-winning Illinois Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks, and is co-sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and Kevin Stein, who selected the final winners.
Holinger, who also is a columnist for the Kane County Chronicle, won third place for his poem “Seems the Whole World’s Staring In: A Tryptich.”

He read the poem and received an award from Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White and Stein, an Illinois Poet Laureate.

“I created the Illinois Emerging Writers Competition to promote creative writing and provide a unique opportunity for recognizing new literary talent in the state,” White said in a news release. “Illinois has a long and rich literary heritage, and these poets are adding to the tradition established by legendary Illinois poets like Gwendolyn Brooks. Great poems have the ability to enrich and enhance our lives, and I’m pleased to congratulate this year’s talented winners.”

To read Holinger’s winning poem, visit