Announcing Winners of the 2008 New Letters Readers Awards, distinguished by readers from volume 74, issues 1, 2, 3, and 4:
Winning Poem: “Hangman,” by Jennifer Maier
Winning Essays (a tie): “How to Succeed in Po Biz,” by Kim Addonizio, and “Mrs. Wright’s Bookshop,” by Thomas Larson
Winning Story: “Two Studies in Entropy,” by Sara Pritchard
Essay Runner-Up: “Authority,” by Kelly Cherry
Poetry Runner-Up: “Ultrasound,” by Kristin Berger
In Fiction: “Intercourse: Couples in Six Short Stories,” by Robert Olen Butler; “In Africa,” by Edward Hoagland; “Mixed Breeding,” by Scott Solomon; “Honesty,” by Ellen Wilbur; “Black Step,” by Daniel Woodrell.
In Poetry: “Blue Room,” by Peter Balakian; The Inferno of Dante Alighieri, Cantos I-V, a new translation, by Mary Jo Bang; “Once Out of Nature,” for Jim Simmerman 1952-2006, by Mark Irwin; “some other god,” by Michael Joyce; “The Palmer Method,” by William Trowbridge.
In the Essay: “Why I Write Now,” by Kelly Cherry.
Other Writers Distinguished by Our Readers:
Willis Barnstone, Beverly Blasingame, Deborah Bogen, Catherine Browder, Patricia Clark, Desmond Egan, Nathan Englander, B.H. Fairchild, Inge Genefke, Robert Gibb, Albert Goldbarth, M. Nasorri Pavone, David Ray, Adrienne Su, Melvin B. Tolson, David Wagoner, Nancy White, Anne-E. Wood.