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  • KAVEH AKBAR TO JUDGE INAUGURAL FRANZ WRIGHT PRIZE

    KAVEH AKBAR TO JUDGE INAUGURAL FRANZ WRIGHT PRIZE

    EYEWEAR PUBLISHING is excited to announce a new prize named for Franz Wright. Pulitzer-winning poet Franz Wright was the author of over twenty collections of original poetry and six volumes of translations, and passed away from cancer in 2015. This prize is intended to honour his inestimable contribution to poetry, and support poets of any age and nationality in his memory.

    Wright is unique in that he is filial half of the only father/son pairing to have won the Pulitzer Prize in the same category (with his father, James Wright). Born in Vienna and raised in America, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College in 1977. During his illustrious career he was the recipient of a Whiting Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He taught at Emerson College, among other universities, and his published works include Walking to Martha’s Vineyard, God’s Silence and most recently The Toy Throne, which was published by Tungsten Press in 2016. He was also known for his work in the field of mental health.

    The Franz Wright Prize for Poetry is open to submissions from poets of all ages, backgrounds, education levels, citizenship statuses, and nationalities: anyone can enter any manuscript. The only stipulations are that the manuscript must be in English, original, unpublished, not translated. Submissions must be 40 pages or more in length.

    The winner will receive $2000, and will be published by Eyewear on March 18th, 2019 – which would have been Wright’s 66th birthday. Submissions will open on January 1st, 2018, and close June 1st, 2018. Kaveh Akbar will judge the prize in its first year.

    Akbar is the author of the chapbook Portrait of the Alcoholic (Sibling Rivalry Press, January 2017); his first collection Calling a Wolf a Wolf was published in the US by Alice James Books in September 2017, and will be published in the UK by Penguin in February 2018. Born in Tehran, he is currently a professor at Purdue University’s MFA program and Randolph College. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, as well as the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. Akbar is also the founder and editor of Divedapper, which conducts interviews with major voices in contemporary poetry.

     

    Kaveh pictured

    Dr Todd Swift, Publishing Director of Eyewear, says “We are very grateful to Franz Wright’s estate for this incredible honour, and thrilled to launch this prize in recognition of Franz’s support of poetry. Eyewear has always championed a diverse range of voices in poetry, and are proud to be taking submissions from poets of any age, from all over the world. Kaveh will make a wonderful judge for this first iteration, and we’re sure he’ll have many fantastic manuscripts to choose from.”

     

    Photo credit for Franz Wright: Elizabeth Oehlkers Wright

  • EYEWEAR SIGNS IMPRESSIVE YOUNG BRITISH TALENT KHARIIS UBIARO

    EYEWEAR PUBLISHING has secured the rights to publish a pamphlet, then book, of poems, as well as online performances and videos, from multi-talented rising British star, Khariis Ubiaro.

    Eyewear has acquired rights to publish simultaneously in the UK, Ireland and USA, and the books will be available worldwide from Eyewear’s website and trans-Atlantic distributors.

    Khariis Ubiaro, born in London in 1998, is a renaissance talent - as actor, dancer, singer, poet, and model. His poetry is mythic, personal, political, and ultimately addresses issues of identity, race, youth and music culture, and life's challenges, with passion, humour, and integrity.

    We are proud to bring this work to a wider public.

  • Eyewear Gives Thanks For These Six American Poets This November

    Eyewear Publishing continues to develop its trans-Atlantic mission of publishing American and Canadian poets so they can reach a wider audience in the UK and Ireland, and vice versa.

    We are very humbled and pleased to announce as this American Thanksgiving arrives, that we will be publishing the following six American poets in the next 12-18 months, each adding to the rich poetic diversity of our list.

    Janet Kaplan

    Janet Kaplan’s previous titles are Dreamlife of a Philanthropist: Prose Poems & Prose Sonnets, winner of the 2011 Ernest Sandeen Prize (University of Notre Dame Press), The Glazier’s Country, winner of the 2003 Poets Out Loud Prize (Fordham University Press) and The Groundnote (Alice James Books, 1998). Her honors include grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Bronx Council on the Arts, fellowships and residencies from Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Ucross Foundation and the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has appeared in Arts & Letters, Barrow Street, Cross Currents, Denver Quarterly, Interim, The Paris Review, Pool, The Prose Poem Project, Sentence, The Southampton Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Zarf and many others, as well as in the anthologies An Introduction to the Prose Poem (Firewheel Editions, 2007) and Lit from Inside: 40 Years of Poetry from Alice James (Alice James Books, 2012). She has served as Poet-in-Residence at Fordham University and is a long-standing member of the creative writing faculty at Hofstra University, where she edits the digital literary magazine AMP.

     

    Ricky Ray

    Ricky Ray was born in Florida and educated at Columbia University. He is the founding editor of the journal Rascal and his work appears in numerous periodicals on both sides of the pond, including The American Scholar, Fugue, The Georgetown Review, Amaryllis, Concis and One. His awards include the Fortnight Poetry Prize, the Ron McFarland Poetry Prize and Katexic's Cormac McCarthy Prize. He has performed alongside such luminaries as Saul Williams and currently lives in Manhattan. Pulitzer laureate Claudia Emerson lauded his work "for its inventiveness, lyricism and mystery," and admired "the way it works with memory and finally catches memory off its guard."

     

    Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers

    Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers's debut poetry collection, Chord Box (University of Arkansas Press, 2013), selected for the Miller Williams Series, was a finalist for the 2014 Lambda Literary Award. Her poems have appeared in Boston Review, The Missouri Review, FIELD, Guernica, Crazyhorse, Blackbird, Washington Square, and elsewhere. Her creative nonfiction essays can be found in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2017, Best American Travel Writing 2017, The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. She received the 2012-2014 Kenyon Review Fellowship. Rogers is currently the Murphy Visiting Fellow in English-Creative Writing at Hendrix College. She is also a contributing editor for the Kenyon Review and a volunteer for the Veterans' Writing Project.

    Sue Hyon Bae

    Sue Hyon Bae was raised in South Korea, Malaysia, and Texas. She received her MFA from Arizona State University. Her co-translation of Kim Hyesoon’s A Cup of Red Mirror will be published by Action Books in 2018. She lives in Sacramento.

    Anthony Desmond

    Anthony Desmond is a twenty-five-year-old Detroit born writer & poet. Desmond's poetry can be found in magazines and anthologies, including: What is Inspiration: Thoughts on Life Series Vol. 1, Railroad Poetry Magazine, The Rusty Nail Magazine; Recipes for Hemlock (anthology from Boston Poetry Magazine), Signal from Static: a collection of modern poetry & The d'Verse Anthology: Voices of Contemporary World Poetry. His debut pamphlet will come from Eyewear in early 2018.

    Steve Kronen

    Steve Kronen's previous collections are Splendor , (BOA) and Empirical Evidence, (University of Georgia Press). His work has appeared in The New Republic, The American Scholar, Poetry, Agni, APR, Little Star, The Georgia Review, Ploughshares, Slate, The Yale Review, the New Statesman, and The Threepenny Review. He has received an NEA, three Florida Individual Artist fellowships, the Cecil Hemley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, the James Boatwright Prize from Shenandoah, and fellowships from Bread Loaf, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conferences. He received an MFA from Warren Wilson College. He is a librarian in Miami, Florida, where he lives with his wife, novelist Ivonne Lamazares (The Sugar Island), and their daughter Sophie.

  • THE EYEWEAR PRIZE FOR THE 21 BEST POETRY BOOKS OF 21ST CENTURY

    THE EYEWEAR PRIZE
    FOR THE 21 BEST POETRY BOOKS OF THE 21ST CENTURY, IN ENGLISH

    is a one-off major international award, to be judged by a large panel of many leading poets, critics and scholars. It will identify, celebrate and reward the poets and publishers of small, medium and large presses who have created the very best poetry collections in the English language in the past 17 years.

    Shortlisted poets and their publisher will both receive £250 each, and an invitation to read at the gala awards ceremony in the UK, AT Pembroke College, Cambridge University, 2018.

    The BEST BOOK OF THE 21ST CENTURY will be awarded £2,100, ADDITIONALLY. That’s £1,050 to EACH poet and publisher.

    ALL 21 winning books will be on display at the gala, and widely publicised at our award-winning blog, and via social media.The shortlist will be announced no later than TWO MONTHS FROM FINAL CLOSURE OF PRIZE.

    The judges have been selected to represent all schools and styles of contemporary poetics, and hail from Australia, America, Canada, India, Ireland, and the UK. The full list of judges is listed below.

    ALL SINGLE-AUTHOR POETRY COLLECTIONS, including pamphlets, PUBLISHED 2000-2017 are eligible; this includes all poetry collections, including self-published books (in which case the author would also win the publisher award). The publications must have appeared in physical form on paper, PRINTED in whatever format (i.e. from perfect bound, to loose sheets in a box).

    Poets, their publishers, and members of the public who wish to submit (in other words, nominate) a book may do so. Publishers, poets, and the public are free to submit/nominate as many books as they wish. You may nominate your own work.

    Once a book has been submitted, it will be publicly recorded (title, author and publisher listed) on our WEB site WITHIN 48 HOURS – duplications will be refunded. Each book will require one copy to be physically submitted within one month of submitting the name. All books are to be posted to the Eyewear postal address: Suite 333, 19-21 Crawford Street, London, UK, W1H 1PJ.

    All shortlisted books will go to the judging panel. All other books will be donated to charity shops.

    The sifting panel will consist of the Eyewear editorial board, including Todd Swift, Alexandra Payne and Rosanna Hildyard, in consultation with members of the final judges' panel.

    NOMINATE HERE: https://eyewearpublishing.submittable.com/submit/85269/the-eyewear-prize-for-the-21-best-printed-poetry-books-of-the-21st-century-in-en

    The final judging panel comprises* the 32+ poets, scholars, and writers listed here

     

    * The panel of judges may change, without invalidating the competition, as the large pool of judges guarantees a degree of continuity.

     

    Guidelines

    • Submissions must be made via Eyewear Publishing Ltd’s Submittable page. The fee to submit each title is £20. This will help defray the cost of the prize.

    • Books must be original work, by a single author, published in the English language in the years 2000 to 2017. There are no restrictions on style or subject matter. Eyewear staff encourage writers from diverse backgrounds, as well as indie and small press poets, to submit their work. SELECTEDS, COLLECTEDS and WORKS OF TRANSLATION will not be considered. POSTHUMOUS collections may be submitted.

    Eligibility

    All poets over the age of 18 from anywhere in the world are eligible.

    Code of Ethics

    • All entries will be screened by the Eyewear Publishing Ltd staff.

    • Given the large panel size, there are no limits on submissions relating to connections to a particular judge, since we will require each judge to recuse themselves from any decision involving a former or current student, friend, partner, family member, or close colleague.

    • Authors’ works of poetry published by Eyewear Publishing Ltd are not eligible.

    This prize is given in a spirit of open reflection and welcome, and acknowledges that prizes are by their very nature somewhat invidious - but the alternative - to not seek what appears most worth reading - in an age where the poetry book is always potentially at risk from competing forms of entertainment and media - seems more so.

    Note: Eyewear Publishing Ltd reserves the right to cancel the prize due to unforeseen circumstances at any time, at which point, all monies and books submitted will be returned within 3 months.