Blog Items https://www.newpages.com Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:17:12 +0000 NewPages en-gb Kimberly Bunker :: Writing as Work & Inspiration https://www.newpages.com/blog/kimberly-bunker-writing-work-inspiration https://www.newpages.com/blog/kimberly-bunker-writing-work-inspiration kimberly bunkerIn her feature article for the Glimmer Train Bulletin #122, fiction writer Kimberly Bunker opens "The Fear of Not Saying Interesting Things" with: "For some reason, this doesn't stop me from talking, but it often stops me from writing." She continues, commenting on both the necessity of work as well as inspiration for writers. "I think it's possible to cultivate a mindset that's receptive to but not obsessive about ideas, and to be methodical about pursuing the ideas that seem worth pursuing—i.e., finding a balance between waiting for lightning to strike, and getting behind the mule." Read the full article here.]]> denisehill EP_AT newpageswork EP_DOT com (Denise Hill) Blog Items Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:00:00 +0000 2017 Bellevue Literary Review Prize Winners https://www.newpages.com/blog/2017-bellevue-literary-review-prize-winners https://www.newpages.com/blog/2017-bellevue-literary-review-prize-winners Published by NYU Langone Medical Center as part of the Department of Medicine's Division of Medical Humanities, the Spring 2017 issue of Bellevue Literary Review features the winners and runners-up of their 2017 Bellevue Literary Review Prize:

abe louise youngGoldenberg Prize for Fiction
Selected by Ha Jin
Winner: “Do I Look Sick to You? (Notes on How to Make Love to a Cancer Patient)” by C.J. Hribal
Honorable Mention: “And It Is No Joke” by Conor Kelley

Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction
Selected by Ariel Levy
Winner: “Of Mothers and Monkeys: A Case Study” by Caitlin Kuehn
Honorable Mention: “Jacket” by Jennifer Hildebrandt

Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry
Selected by Kazim Ali
Winner: “Poem For A Friend Growing Lighter and Lighter” by Abe Louise Young [pictured]
Honorable Mention: “In the absence of birdsong” by Michaela Coplen]]>
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Books :: 2016 Iowa Poetry Prize Winner https://www.newpages.com/blog/2016-iowa-poetry-prize-winner https://www.newpages.com/blog/2016-iowa-poetry-prize-winner

odd bloom seen from space timothy daniel welchOdd Bloom Seen from Space by Timothy Daniel Welch will be published in April 2017. Winner of the 2016 University of Iowa Press’s Iowa Poetry Prize, Odd Bloom Seen from Space, according to the publisher, “looks at the self amid the ashes of fleeting exultation and uncertainty.” The poems in this debut collection offer wisdom and surprising humor, making for a collection that is “gorgeous, original, and baffling.”

Readers can find out more about Odd Bloom Seen from Space on the University of Iowa Press website. While there, they can find an excerpted poem, “On the Isle of Erytheia,” and preorder copies.

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Books :: 2016 May Sarton NH Poetry Prize Winner https://www.newpages.com/blog/2016-may-sarton-nh-poetry-prize-winner https://www.newpages.com/blog/2016-may-sarton-nh-poetry-prize-winner

louder than hearts zeina hashem beck blogBauhan Publishing LLC hosts the May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize each year, awarding their sixth annual prize to Zeina Hashem Beck for her collection Louder than Hearts. The collection was chosen by Betsy Sholl, former poet laureate of Maine, who says Louder than Hearts “has it all—compelling language and a sense of moral gravitas, personal urgency and the ability to address a larger world with passion and artfulness.”  She continues, calling the collection “timely in the way it provides a lens through which to see life in the Middle East, and hear the musical mix of English and Arabic.”

The collection will be released in April, but in the meantime, readers can read more about Zeina Hashem Beck, or they can try their hand at the May Sarton NH Poetry Prize themselves: submissions are open until the end of June.

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katyhaas EP_AT newpageswork EP_DOT com (Katy Haas) Blog Items Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000
Books :: CSU 2016 Book Award Winners https://www.newpages.com/blog/csu-2016-book-award-winners https://www.newpages.com/blog/csu-2016-book-award-winners

csu contests blog postEach year, the Cleveland State University Press holds the Open Book Poetry Competition, the Essay Collection Competition, and the First Book Poetry Competition (all three open until March 31, 2017). The three 2016 winners are set to be published at the beginning of April 2017.

In One Form to Find Another by Jane Lewty was chosen as the 2016 Open Book Poetry Competition winner, selected by Emily Kendal Frey, Siwar Masannat, and Jon Woodward. Advance praise refers to the collection as “an heroically unsettling and compelling textual reenactment of feminine embodiments’ lament, contemplation, and recalibration of disturbed histories . . . ”

daughterrarium by Sheila McMullin, selected by Daniel Borzutzky, won the 2016 First Book Poetry Competition. Borzutzky says of his selection, “I admire daughterrarium for pushing too far, for making me cringe with its representations of what one human can do to another, of what a body can do to itself.”

James Allen Hall’s I Liked You Better Before I Knew You So Well won the 2016 Essay Collection Competition, chosen by Chris Kraus. From Kraus: "In these essays, Hall lives alongside, and empathically lives through, his family’s meth addiction, and mental illnesses . . . and considers his own penchants for less than happy, equal sex with an agility, depth, and lightness that is blissfully inconclusive."

Check out the individual links to learn more about each prize-winning collection, and pre-order copies of all three.

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katyhaas EP_AT newpageswork EP_DOT com (Katy Haas) Blog Items Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000
Books :: Hell's Gate https://www.newpages.com/blog/books-hells-gate https://www.newpages.com/blog/books-hells-gate

hells gate laurent gaude blogIn mid-April, Gallic Books will be publishing Hell’s Gate by Laurent Gaudé. Gaudé’s The Scortas’ Sun is the winner of the Prix Gouncourt, the French literary award given to an author of the best imaginative work of prose each year. Hell’s Gate is a thrilling story following a father as he chases redemption for his murdered son. It explores “the effects of bereavement and grief on a family, and the relationship between the living and dead.”

Check out the Gallic Books website for more information about Hell’s Gate. Read advance praise, check out a downloadable PDF extract, and give yourself a chance to read work by one of France’s most highly respected playwrights and novelists. 

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katyhaas EP_AT newpageswork EP_DOT com (Katy Haas) Blog Items Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000
Cento Poem :: "Dear America" by Charles Jensen https://www.newpages.com/blog/cento-poem-dear-america-charles-jensen https://www.newpages.com/blog/cento-poem-dear-america-charles-jensen charles jensenDear America,

A cento of Adrienne Rich

You’re beginning to float free
Toward a new kind of love
Burning itself, burning down
The blueprint of a life.

I wanted to choose words that even you
Intend to refuse shelter
With a lie. And each
A beautiful tumor
Feeding on everything.
. . . 

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Books :: 2016 Orison Poetry Prize Winner Published https://www.newpages.com/blog/2016-orison-poetry-prize-winner-published https://www.newpages.com/blog/2016-orison-poetry-prize-winner-published

ghost child of atalanta bloom rebecca aronsonThe winner of the 2016 Orison Poetry Prize, Ghost Child of the Atalanta Bloom by Rebecca Aronson, will be published next month on April 4, 2017. Hadara Bar-Nadav, who selected the winner, calls the collection, “[e]xplosive, turbulent, haunting magnetic,” saying that “[m]ortality and death undergrid Aronson’s fantastical visions, where a child becomes a seagull, a woman turns tarantula, and a house threatens to fill with blood.”

Find sample poem “Wish” at the Orison Books website, where you can also find out more about Aronson and pre-order copies, which are currently on sale, a couple saved bucks you can set aside for even more poetry.

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Books :: 2015 New Measure Poetry Prize Winner Published https://www.newpages.com/blog/2015-new-measure-poetry-prize-winner-published https://www.newpages.com/blog/2015-new-measure-poetry-prize-winner-published

this history that just happened hannah craig blogParlor Press’s annual New Measure Poetry Prize (now open for 2017 submissions until the end of June) awards a poet a cash award of $1,000 and publication of an original manuscript.

The 2015 winner, This History That Just Happened, by Hannah Craig, selected by Yusef Komunyakaa, was published at the beginning of the year. Komunyakaa says of his selection, “This History That Just Happened places the reader at the nexus where rural and city life converge, bridging a world personal and political, natural and artful, in a voice always uniquely hers.”

Craig has also won the 2016 Mississippi Review Prize and her manuscript was a finalist for the Akron Poetry Prize, the Fineline Competition, and the Autumn House Poetry Prize. Stop by the Parlor Press website to learn more about Craig and purchase her debut poetry collection digitally or in print.

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katyhaas EP_AT newpageswork EP_DOT com (Katy Haas) Blog Items Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:44:42 +0000
Reach Out and Read https://www.newpages.com/blog/reach-out-and-read-14-mar-2017 https://www.newpages.com/blog/reach-out-and-read-14-mar-2017 reach out readBegun in 1989, Reach Out and Read is a program wherein medical professionals “prescribe” books and reading aloud to children “as a means of fostering the language-rich interactions between parents and their young children that stimulate early brain development.” Now, the Reach Out and Read model exists in all 50 states, with almost 1,500 sites distributing 1.6 million books per year. The program serves 4.7 million young children and their families each year, “including one in four children living in poverty in this country.” The organizers hope to grow each year, envisioning that support for books and reading will become a regular part of every child’s checkup. For more information about programs near you and information about how to get involved, visit Reach Out and Read online.]]> denisehill EP_AT newpageswork EP_DOT com (Denise Hill) Blog Items Tue, 14 Mar 2017 07:00:00 +0000