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Published December 15, 2015
objects of attention aichlee buschnellThe 2014 Noemi Press Book Award for Poetry winner is Objects of Attention by Aichlee Bushnell and was published in Fall 2015.
“In 1787, Sally Hemings joined her brother James as a paid servant to Thomas Jefferson in Paris, France. In 1789, she returned to Monticello pregnant, a slave again, at her own will. Objects of Attention explores the intimate boundaries between slave and slaveowner, celebrating the rich interior life and intellect of the enslaved woman while examining the contradictory laws and classic philosophies that supported her captivity.”
Bushnell’s first book, Objects of Attention is out now and available on the Noemi Press website with more information

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Published December 11, 2015
genome rhapsodies anna george meekAnna George Meek’s The Genome Rhapsodies was chosen by Angie Estes last year as the winner of The Ashland Poetry Series’ 2014 Snyder Memorial Prize. The award is given annually, with a prize of $1000, publication, and a featured reading at Ashland University (and submissions are currently open until April).

Angie Estes says of her selection: “These poems re-member us in language and reveal how the past becomes us, in every sense of the word; they are gorgeous, unforgettable works of art.”

To read these works of art, check out The Ashland Poetry Series’ website for three ways to pick up a copy.
Published November 25, 2015
academy gothic james tate hillSoutheast Missouri State University Press’s annual Nilsen Literary Prize for a First Novel awards a $2,000 prize to winners, publication, and an invitation to read at the University.

James Tate Hill’s winning Academy Gothic was published this past October. The novel follows Tate Cowlishaw after finding the dead body of Scoot Simkins, dean of Parshall College.

From the publisher’s website:
Suspects aren’t hard to come by at the college annually ranked ‘Worst Value’ by U.S. News & World Report. While the faculty brace for a visit from the accreditation board, Cowlishaw’s investigation leads him to another colleague on eternal sabbatical. Before long, his efforts to save his job become efforts to stay alive. A farcical tale of incompetence and corruption, Academy Gothic scathingly redefines higher education as it chronicles the last days of a dying college.
Head over to the Southeast Missouri State University Press website to watch the Academy Gothic book trailer, read more about Hill's first novel, and order a copy.
Published November 11, 2015
get a grip kathy flannKathy Flann’s second collection of stories Get a Grip was released last month from Texas Review Press. Winner of the 20145 George Garrett Fiction Prize, Get a Grip, according to the publisher’s website: “depict[s] a range of imagined lives . . . . All of the characters work out their struggles in the Baltimore region, channeling, in turns, the area’s charm, its despair, its humor, its self-doubt, its compassion. Get a Grip is a book about who we are when the cameras are off and the phone has died.”

Digital and print copies are available on the Texas Review Press website.
Published November 09, 2015
dear girl drea brownDrea Brown’s dear girl: a reckoning was released last month. The 2014 poetry winner of the Gold Line Press Chapbook Competition revisits the biography of poet Phillis Wheatley, reimagining her journey through the Middle Passage to Boston.

2014 Judge Douglas Kearney says of his selection, "Feverishly urgent, vivid, and unironic, dear girl: a reckoning refuses passivity, amnesia, and despair, bringing the bones to our present to begin the work of healing."

Brown’s recent work can also be found in Southern Indiana Review and Stand Our Ground: Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander.

dear girl: a reckoning, a perfect-bound chapbook, is available for sale on the Gold Line Press website, along with the 2014 fiction winner, The White Swallow by Anna Kovatcheva.
Published November 04, 2015
white swallow anna kovatchevaGold Line Press’s annual chapbook contest ended in September, and they released their 2014 fiction winner this past October. Along with publication of her perfect-bound chapbook The White Swallow, winner Anna Kovatcheva has received a $500 prize and contributor copies.

Selected by Aimee Bender, she says of her selection:
The White Swallow has so many things going for it—starkly memorable imagery, strangeness that feels natural to the story, the feeling that the story itself grew up from the earth like a tree, and an ending that defies moralization. It seems instead to reflect the same unpredictable and mysterious quality of the world that also lets birds go into girls and healing to occur and, for inside all that, love to blossom.
Diana Arterian has designed the book, creating a beautiful little package for Kovatcheva’s work. For more information about The White Swallow, check out the Gold Line Press website.
Published November 03, 2015
business stephanie lenoxThe Colorado Prize for Poetry annually awards a $2000 honorarium and book publication to an author of a complete collection of poetry. This month, the 2015 winner will be published: The Business by Stephanie Lenox, chosen by Laura Kasischke.

From the publisher:
What does it meant to work in the age of the cubicle? The Business takes on the modern workplace with sharp-witted poems that sting like a paper cut. A former secretary, Stephanie Lenox positions herself as poetic note-taker of the mundane. . . . The collection transforms office politics and paper clips into a funny and critical emanation of the mortal rat race.
This is Lenox’s third collection of poetry, and her second prize winner (The Heart That Lies Outside the Body won the Slapering Hol Chapbook Competition in 2007). Copies of The Business are available for purchase at the website for The Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State University.
Published October 28, 2015
king-of-the-gypsies-lenore-mykaBkMk Press annually holds their G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction (currently open with a deadline in January), and this year’s winning title was just released at the end of September. King of the Gypsies by Lenore Myka was chosen by Lorraine M. López who writes of her selection, “Myka’s characters release uncountable fibers, connecting them to one another in the linked narratives, binding them to the harshly beguiling Romania they inhabit and that inhabits them.”

This is Myka’s first collection, though her work can be found in Massachusetts Review, Iowa Review, and New England Review, amongst others. To find out more information about King of the Gypsies, head over to the BkMk Press website.
Published October 06, 2015
translation-matthew-minicucciMatthew Minicucci’s Translation was published in August 2015, winner of the 2014 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize from Kent State University Press. The Poetry Prize is awarded to a poet who has not previously published a full-length collection of poems.

Translation is the 21st book to be released through the Wick Poetry First Book Series and was chosen by Jane Hirschfield who calls Minicucci’s poems “accurate and deftly navigable vessels of inner life.”

More information about Translation can be found on the Kent State University website.
Published September 30, 2015
underdays-martin-ottThe Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry is sponsored by the Creative Writing Program at University of Notre Dame in conjunction with The University of Notre Dame Press. Awarded to authors who have published at least one volume of poetry, winners receive publication and a prize of $1000 dollars.

The 2015 winner was published last month: Underdays by Martin Ott.

From the publisher’s website: “Underdays is a dialogue of opposing forces: life/death, love/war, the personal/the political. Ott combines global concerns with personal ones, in conversation between poems or within them, to find meaning in his search for what drives us to love and hate each other.”

Ott’s work can be found in The Antioch Review, The Café Review, and Epoch, just to name a few.

To learn more about Underdays, check out the University of Notre Dame Press’s website.

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