From Our Soundbooth | June 23, 2016

This week on The Missouri Review Soundbooth Podcast we are excited to feature our next winner of the 2016 Miller Audio Prize Contest.  The winning prose submission was Ingrid Rojas Conteras’ “Two Worlds.”

Something happens to people when they cross a border. For writer Ingrid Rojas Contreras, the struggle is in giving a context for the way of life of her grandfather (once a curandero in Colombia who it was said could move clouds) in the U.S. Like many immigrants before her, Rojas Contreras strains to keep a foothold in each world. Two Worlds was developed under fellowship at Making Contact, a national radio program.

Producer Bio: 
Andrew Stelzer’s radio work has appeared on programs including Snap Judgement, Marketplace, NPR News, BBC’s The World, Latino USA, Radio France International. He’s worked as a producer for Making Contact since 2008. Andrew has taught radio production classes around the world from Algeria to Mississippi, and was the first youth advocate to work with the KBOO Youth Collective in Portland, OR. He has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.

Ingrid Rojas Contreras was born in Bogotá, Colombia. She is the 2014 recipient of the San Francisco Foundation’s Mary Tanenbaum award for non-fiction. Her essays and short stories have been featured in the Los Angeles Review of BooksElectric LiteratureGuernica, and have anthologized in Wise Latinas (Nebraska U. Press) and American Odysseys: Writings by New Americans (Dalkey Archive Press). She has received scholarships and support from Hedgebrook, Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, The Camargo Foundation, Djerassi Artist Residency Program, and the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture. Currently, she is working on a family memoir about her grandfather, a medicine man who could move clouds. Find more at her site.

In the coming weeks we’ll be featuring our other winners and runners up.  And don’t forget about our fall Contest, the Jeffrey E. Smith Editor’s Prize, with winners in the categories of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, each receiving an award of $5,000!

We hope you enjoy our winner in the prose category, “Two Worlds” by Ingrid Rojas Contreras!