The current issue of Florida Review features the winners of the 2013 Editors' Awards, which were awarded in essay, fiction, and poetry categories. As a new feature to this section, the editors invited the winners to contribute about "the creative genesis and evolution of their winning work." Editor Jocelyn Bartkevicius writes, "Dan Reiter, whose story of Holocaust survivors, 'All Your First Born,' won the fiction award, tells of viewing a videotaped interview with his grandparents, who, unlike other family members of their generation did survive the Holocaust, and how their testimony inspired his writing. Lisa Lanser-Rose, whose braided essay, 'Turnpike Psycho,' revolves around a friend's murder and her own harrowing encounter with a stalker, writes about transitioning from a simple retelling of a particular situation to an exploration of its deeper ramifications as a 'story.' John Blair, winner of the poetry award, writes of the links between his poems and history, autobiography, and memory, an eclectic continuum with such varied topics as atrocities in Somalia and Chechnya, the Roman Inquisition, leukemia, and hands-on labor in the garden.
Lisa Lanser-Rose: "Turnpike Psycho"
Tanya Bomsta: "Traditions"
Dan Reiter: "All Your Firstborn"
Rachel Borup: "Crash"
John Blair: "The Lesser Poet," "And Yet It Moves," & "Dirt"
Tanya Grae: "Like Darwin's Finches," "Verbal Abuse," & "Cage Sonnet"