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  • 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.

  • ANNOUNCING OUR GREAT 12-STRONG HUME PRIZE SHORTLIST

    THE MELITA HUME POETRY PRIZE 2017 SHORTLIST

    This year’s shortlist of 12 eligible poets is likely more diverse than ever in the prize’s six-year history. Past winners have been chosen by leading UK poets, such as Tim Dooley, Emily Berry, and Mark Ford – and last year’s co-winner, Maria Apichella, was a Forward-nominee this year for Psalmody. The £1,500 prize is open to any young poet with a debut collection, 35 years or under at time of entry, who either is resident in the UK or Ireland, or a citizen of either place. This allows for a very open field.

    This year’s judge Vahni Capildeo, a prize-winning leading poet, will have her work cut out for her. There are poets from across the UK, Ireland and Northern Ireland, as well as two poets hailing from South Africa. Showcasing the internationalism of poetry in these isles, some of the shortlisted poets live at least part-time in Mumbai, Barcelona and Hong Kong. And all styles and forms of poetry are represented, from avant-garde, to mainstream, to spoken word and performance. 

    The 12 debut poets are:

    Alex Howard is 29 and lives in Scotland. Alex attended the University of Edinburgh where he graduated with a first in English Literature. Since then, he has gone on to publish poetry and prose widely earning several prizes and awards. His debut novel Library Cat won the Beryl Bainbridge Best First Time Author Award (2017) and has been translated into Italian and Korean, while his poetry has earned him a place as a quarterfinalist in the Scottish Slam Championships, a reading slot at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and the Red Cross International Writing Prize. He is currently completing an AHRC funded PhD at the University of Edinburgh where he teaches.

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    Caitlin Stobie was born in 1993 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. She is currently reading for her PhD at the University of Leeds and is co-editor of EPIZOOTICS!  - and her poems and short stories have been published internationally in journals including Poetry & Audience, Zoomorphic, Flash, The Stockholm Review of Literature, The Kalahari Review, and New Contrast. In 2016 an earlier version of her unpublished debut collection was shortlisted for the RædLeaf International Poetry Award.

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    Carina Hart was born in Norfolk in 1987. She studied English Literature at Cambridge, York and UEA, where she completed her PhD in 2012. She has published poetry in InPrint, The Cadaverine and The Apple Anthology, and was also shortlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize in 2013. In 2017 she has been highly commended in the Aurora Competition for short fiction, and is shortlisted for the Overton Poetry Prize. Carina works as a lecturer in English Literature at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, and lives in Nottingham and Malaysia.

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    Christian Wethered was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and the University of Bristol. He has been published both in Ireland and the UK. His work has featured in the anthologies In the Cinnamon Corners 2017 and the Aesthetica Creative Works Anthology. He was third-placed in the 2016 Café Writers Competition (judged by Andrew McMillan), and recently selected for the 2017 Poetry Ireland Introductions Series. He lives in Dublin.

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    Eloise Stevens was born in London, in 1988, and is currently based between Mumbai and London. She holds a degree in French and Portuguese literature from Oxford University. She has performed at The Cuckoo Club, Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, in Mumbai, the Edinburgh Fringe, the Poetry Café, London, and is a Farrago slam champion.  She is currently working on a performance of her collection, The Beat of Beast, which was shortlisted for The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective prize. 

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    Geraldine O’Kane poet, creative writing facilitator, arts administrator and mental health advocate, was born September 19th, 1981 and was brought up in the village of Ardboe on the shores of Lough Neagh, Northern Ireland. She attended St. Joseph's Grammar School Donaghmore, and went on to study English and History at the University of Ulster. She currently lives and works in Belfast. Geraldine is one half of Poetry NI. In October 2015 she gave a TED Talk for TEDx Belfast on poetry and mental health and read at the Poems Upstairs Series in association with Poetry Ireland Feb’ 2016. She is a recipient of the Artist Career Enhancement Scheme (ACES) 2015/16 grant from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. 

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    Jacqueline Thompson is from Arbroath on the East Coast of Scotland. She has an MLitt in Creative Writing from The University of Dundee and a PhD from The University of Edinburgh. Her poems have appeared in New Writing Scotland, Gutter, Poetry Ireland Review and The Scotsman. She has been shortlisted for the Grierson Verse Prize, the Westport Arts Festival Poetry Prize and the Jane Martin Poetry Prize, and she won the Neil Gunn Writing Competition in 2017. She currently works as a writer in Edinburgh. 

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    Jason Eng Hun Lee is a poet of mixed British and Chinese ancestry. He has been published in EnvoiAcumen, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and his first collection Beds in the East was a finalist for the Hong Kong University Prize (2010). He is an occasional guest editor/judge/reviewer for Cha: An Asian Literary Journal and regular contributor to the Hong Kong literary scene. He has a PhD in English Literature and currently lectures at Hong Kong Baptist University. 

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    Mariah Whelan was born in Oxford in 1986. She studied English at Queen’s University, Belfast before completing an MSt in Creative Writing at Oxford University. She has lived in Japan and Spain and is currently based in the Centre for New Writing at The University of Manchester where she was awarded a scholarship to write poems and research trauma in contemporary Irish fiction. She was awarded a distinction for her master’s thesis, a novel-in-sonnets titled City of Rivers, which won the AM Heath Prize and individual poems were shortlisted for The Bridport Prize. 

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    Rebecca Close was born in London and is an artist, researcher, poet and translator based between London and Barcelona. She studied Philosophy at Manchester University and has a Master’s Degree in Spanish Philology. Her forthcoming new media publication Reinscriptions, co-produced with Anyely Marín, won the Miquel Casablancas Prize for Visual Arts (2017). Her poems have appeared recently in datableedzine, Ambit, Magma and Lemony Lemons.

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    Rhiannon Williams was born in Islington in 1992. She grew up in London and subsequently in Cyprus, where she lived for eight years before returning to the UK and studying for a BA in English Literature at the University of Exeter. She has had poetry featured on The Island Review, and is currently studying for an MA in Narrative Environments at Central Saint Martins in London. 

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    Thembe Mvula is a twenty-three-year-old poet and spoken word performer born in Grahamstown, South Africa. She has lived in the UK, in Gloucester, for almost fourteen years and is currently based in London, where she works part time in community engagement whilst being a freelance poet. Thembe graduated with a BA in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Kent in 2016. Writing from the age 12, Thembe had her first poem published in a Young Writers Anthology at age 15. Since then, she has mainly shared her poetry on the stage, featuring across platforms such as The Roundhouse, Jawdance and TEDx.

  • Faisal Mohyuddin Wins the 2017 Sexton Prize for Poetry

    CHICAGO HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER WINS LEADING UK POETRY BOOK PRIZE

    THE SEXTON PRIZE, JUDGED THIS YEAR BY MAJOR POET KIMIKO HAHN, HAS BEEN WON BY Faisal Mohyuddin, for his debut poetry collection The Displaced Children of Displaced Children 

    Mohyuddin's work was selected from a remarkably diverse and competitive shortlist. His prize will be $1000 USD, and publication by British, London-based independent publishing house, Eyewear – and his book will be distributed across the USA by SPD and in the UK and Ireland by Central Books. 

    Final Judge Professor Hahn - Distinguished Professor, English Department MFA in Creative Writing & Literary Translation Queens College, The City University of New York - said of the winning book: “Mohyuddin's craft is composed of measurable touches that go hardly noticed. And the subject! Serious stuff , yes, but the collection contains a variety of tones and concerns. There is the jelly-fish in space (lament though the poem may be), a talking banana, binging on pumpkin pie. To be sure, the title refers to diaspora and the poems refer to families in and immigrants from Pakistan. There are a literal landscapes and clear memories to be enjoyed. And yet, because these poems are so well crafted and the emotion so well expressed, the subject matter is overtaken by such themes as boundary, legacy, loss, claim. Whether a long narrative poem, or shorter lyric poems, these are the works of a poet, mature in his concerns and thinking.” 

    Mohyuddin had this reaction to his win: “For years I have turned to Kimiko Hahn’s poetry to find beauty, inspiration, love, and, above all, a feeling of home. Few poets’ work moves me the way her work moves me. So when I learned Professor Hahn had selected my collection as the winner of the 2017 Sexton Prize, I was incredibly honored, elated, and quite honestly flabbergasted. This is undoubtedly an amazing honor, the depths of which I cannot fully grasp. For that, I am profoundly grateful to Professor Hahn and to everyone at Eyewear.” 

    Faisal Mohyuddin is the author of the chapbook The Riddle of Longing, forthcoming Fall 2017 from Backbone Press. He is the recipient of the 2014 Edward Stanley Award from Prairie Schooner, and his work has also appeared in Narrative, RHINO, Catamaran, Chicago Quarterly Review, Poet Lore, Crab Orchard Review, Atlanta Review, and elsewhere. New work is forthcoming in The Missouri Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, and the anthology Misrepresented People: Poets Respond to Trump’s America. A graduate of Carleton College, Northwestern University, and Columbia College Chicago, and an alumnus of the U.S. Department of State’s Teachers for Global Classrooms fellowship, Faisal teaches English at Highland Park High School in Illinois and lives with his wife and son in Chicago.  He is a proud American Muslim of Pakistani descent.

    Eyewear books was founded in 2012 by Cambridge writer-in-residence Dr Todd Swift, and publishes works by leading poets, including Paul Muldoon, George Szirtes, Rebecca Gayle Howell, George Elliott Clarke, Hester Knibbe, Sumia Sukkar, Don Share, Keaton Henson, Jan Owen, Mark Ford and Elspeth Smith. 

    The runners- up are:

    The Tilt Torn Away from the Seasons by Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers

    Truce Country by Sue Hyon Bae 

    They will both be offered a publishing contract for Eyewear and a $200 USD advance as their prize. Of these Judge Hanh said: “In a very rich and complex grouping of brilliant collections, these still stood out for me.” 

    Mohyuddin’s book will be published in early 2018 in time for AWP, and will be formally launched in London sometime next year. 

    Last year's winner was American Purgatory, selected by Don Share, and written by Rebecca Gayle Howell. It was an indie best-seller this past year.

  • ANNOUNCING A SUPERB 16-STRONG SEXTON POETRY PRIZE SHORTLIST

    THE SEXTON POETRY PRIZE SHORTLIST 2017

    The following 16 American poets have been selected by the Eyewear editorial team panel (Todd Swift, Rosanna Hildyard and Alexandra Payne) from over 300 submissions of seriousness and quality submitted for the 2nd annual Sexton Poetry Prize.  Last year's winner was selected by celebrated US poet and Poetry magazine editor Don Share, and was American Purgatory, by Rebecca Gayle Howell. It has become a critically-acclaimed indie bestseller.
    This year's winner will be selected by the Final Judge, professor Kimiko Hahn, a major American poet, and announced no later than this autumn. The book will be published in spring 2018, and sold in the UK, EU, and North America, and entered for relevant prizes on at least two continents. The winner also receives a generous cash prize of $1,000 USD. This is a transparent shortlist, and none of the 16 poets are closely affiliated with the Final Judge.
    This year was if anything even more competitive than last. The panel of judges were able to establish a longlist of around 32 manuscripts (roughly 10% of the overall submission list) that were extraordinarily accomplished, and all worthy of publication. Once we had this list, we had the rather glum task of winnowing down to a final list of no more than 16. We can only say that it was a privilege, and a genuine eye-opener, to have the opportunity to read so many superb American contemporary poets, across all career stages, from young to old, emerging to very established.  American poetry is clearly in a new renaissance period.
    The poetics at play in these 16 manuscripts are richly varied, and the poets are diverse. We sought gender parity as a given. Generally, at least half the collections are experimental, or avant-garde, and many are concerned with issues that are of vital significance in 2017 - including feminism, ecology, politics, LGBTQ issues, post-colonialism, identity, and concerns for social justice (as well as intersections of these and others)  - but never at the expense of a focus on the need to be interested in language as the field of play. In short, these collections represent works of integrity, commitment, intelligence, and often verbal or formal brilliance. Nor is there a marked absence of wit or irony. Eyewear will be pleased and proud to publish any which the judge selects as the winner, as they are all top-notch.
    Here is the list of poets (with title of their collection below in the bios) in alphabetic order by first name.
    1. A. Loudermilk

    2. A.J. Odasso  

    3. Christopher Kondrich

    4. Dustin Pearson

    5. Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers

    6. Faisal Mohyuddin

    7. Janet Kaplan

    8. Jennifer K. Dick

    9. Jenny Browne

    10. John James

    11. Kathleen Winter

    12. Melissa Barrett

    13. Rose Knapp

    14. Steve Kronen

    15. Sue Hyon Bae

    16. Tim Wood

    We wish all the final shortlisted poets good luck.

    Here are their self-submitted biographies, and title of their collection, in caps after:

      A. Loudermilk’s publications date back to the 1990s, when Mark Doty introduced him as a new voice in The James White Review. His poems can be found in dozens more reviews, like Tin House, Gargoyle, Smartish Pace, and Mississippi Review, plus his debut book Strange Valentine. His cultural criticism has been featured in the Writer’s Chronicle, PopMatters, the UK-based Polari Magazine, and Journal of International Women’s Studies for which he wrote their most downloaded article “Nina Simone and the Civil Rights Movement”; his website on personality-driven films is called Quirky Cinema. He’s taught creative writing at Maryland Institute College of Arts in Baltimore and Hampshire College in Amherst. His site can be found here. GALL & BULLHORN

       

      A.J. Odasso's poetry has appeared in an eclectic variety of publications, including Sybil's Garage, Mythic Delirium, Midnight Echo, Not One of Us, Dreams & Nightmares, Goblin Fruit, Strange Horizons, Stone Telling, Farrago's Wainscot, Liminality, Battersea Review, Barking Sycamores, and New England Review of Books. Her début collection, Lost Books (Flipped Eye Publishing) was a finalist for the 2011 People's Book Prize. Her second collection with Flipped Eye, The Dishonesty of Dreams, was released in 2014. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Boston University, where she was a 2015-2016 Teaching Fellow, and currently works in the Honors College at the University of New Mexico. She has served in the Poetry Department at Strange Horizons since 2012, where she presently holds the title of Senior Editor.  She also serves as Treasurer to the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association. THINGS BEING WHAT THEY ARE 

       

      Christopher Kondrich is the author of Contrapuntal (Free Verse Editions, 2013). He is the winner of The Iowa Review Award for Poetry (selected by Srikanth Reddy), and The Paris-American Reading Series Prize. Recent poems appear or are forthcoming in Antioch Review, Boston Review, Crazyhorse, Poetry Northwest, The Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, Third Coast and Web Conjunctions. He is an Associate Editor of 32 Poems, and an instructor for the Lighthouse Writers Workshop and Frequency Writers. More information at christopherkondrich.com. VALUING

       

      Dustin Pearson earned his MFA from Arizona State University, where he also served as the editor of Hayden's Ferry Review. He was awarded the 2015 Katharine C. Turner Prize from the Academy of American Poets for his poem "The Black Body Auditions for a Play." He is the recipient of fellowships from the Watering Hole, Cave Canem, and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing. Born in Charleston, he is from Summerville, SC. MILLENIAL ROOST

       

      Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers’s debut poetry collection, Chord Box (University of Arkansas Press, 2013), was the 2013 Miller Prize finalist and a finalist for the 2014 Lambda Literary Award.  Her poems appear in The Missouri Review, Boston Review, FIELD, Washington Square, Guernica, Crazyhorse, and in many other journals; her creative nonfiction appears in Best American Nonrequired Reading, Best American Travel Writing, Prairie Schooner, The Missouri Review, and elsewhere. She was a 2012-2014 Kenyon Review Fellow.  She is the Murphy Visiting Fellow at Hendrix College and a volunteer for the Veterans’ Writing Project. THE TILT TORN AWAY FROM THE SEASONS

       

      Faisal Mohyuddin teaches English at Highland Park High School in suburban Chicago and serves as an educator adviser to Narrative 4, an international not-for-profit dedicated to fostering empathy through the exchange of stories. A graduate of Carleton College, Northwestern University, and Columbia College Chicago, Faisal is a recent U.S.-Senegal fellow in the U.S. State Department's Teachers for Global Classrooms program. His poems have appeared in many publications, including Prairie Schooner, Narrative, RHINO, Crab Orchard Review, Catamaran, Chicago Quarterly Review, Poet Lore, Atlanta Review, the minnesota review, and Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry (University of Arkansas Press). New work is forthcoming in Painted Bride Quarterly and in the anthology Misrepresented People: Poetic Responses to Trump's America (New York Quarterly Books). The recipient of the 2014 Edward Stanley Award from Prairie Schooner and a finalist in Narrative's Eight Annual Poetry Contest in 2016, Faisal lives with his wife and son in Chicago. His site is here. THE DISPLACED CHILDREN OF DISPLACED CHILDREN

       

      Janet Kaplan’s previous full-length poetry collections are The Groundnote (Alice James Books), The Glazier’s Country (Poets Out Loud prizewinner, Fordham University Press) and Dreamlife of a Philanthropist (Ernest Sandeen prizewinner in poetry, U. of Notre Dame Press). 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 poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Cross Currents, Denver Quarterly, Interim, The Paris Review, Pool, Sentence, The Southampton Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Yellow Field, Zarf (Wales) and many others, as well as in such anthologies as An Introduction to the Prose Poem (Firewheel Editions, 2009) 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 member of the creative writing faculty at Hofstra University, where she edits the digital literary magazine AMP.  ECOTONES

       

      Jennifer K. Dick, (born 1970) is an American poet, translator and educator/scholar born in Minnesota, raised in Iowa and currently living in Mulhouse, France. She has been classified as a post-L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E school poet and, by Amy Catanzano, as a U+F+O+L+A+N+G+U+A+G+E[1] poet with a strong background in lyric and narrative tradition. She has taught American Literature, Creative Writing, and English and since 2009 has been a Maître de Conférences at the Université de Haute Alsace in Mulhouse, France. Her doctoral research for her PhD completed under the direction of Jean Bessière at the Université de Paris III: La Sorbonne Nouvelle in 2009 and critical writings on contemporary cross-genre poets and prose authors are in the field of Comparative Literature with an accent on Visual studies, Modernism, Postmodernism and the Avant-garde, including work on Susan Howe, Myung Mi Kim, Anne-Marie Albiach, Claude Royet-Journoud, Lisa Jarnot, and Maurice Roche. Dick also holds a Master of Fine Arts in poetry from Colorado State University where she worked with Laura Mullen. THAT WHICH I TOUCH HAS NO NAME

       

      Jenny Browne is the author of three collections of poems, At Once, The Second Reason and Dear Stranger and two chapbooks, Welcome to Freetown and Texas, Being. A former James Michener Fellow in Poetry at the University of Texas-Austin, she has received the Cecil Hemley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry and two creative writing fellowships from the Texas Writers League. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications including American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Gulf Coast, Oxford American, The New York Times and Tin House.  She teaches at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and is the 2017-18 Texas State Poet Laureate. CRASH SURVIVABLE MEMORY UNIT

       

      John James is the author of Chthonic, winner of the 2014 CutBank Chapbook Prize. His poems appear or are forthcoming in Boston Review, Kenyon Review, West Branch, Poetry Northwest, Best American Poetry 2017, and elsewhere. He lives in Washington, DC, where he teaches at the Potomac School and directs Georgetown University Summer Programs’ Creative Writing Institute. THE MILK HOURS

       

      Kathleen Winter's second book, I will not kick my friends, won the 2017 Elixir Poetry Prize. Her debut collection, Nostalgia for the Criminal Past, won the 2013 Texas Institute of Letters first book award. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in The New Statesman, Yale Review, Prairie Schooner, Cincinnati Review, Poetry London, Tin House, The New Republic and AGNI.  She has received fellowships from the Dobie Paisano Ranch, Austin; Dora Maar House, Provence; the James Merrill House; Cill Rialaig Retreat, Ireland; and Vermont Studio Center.  She won the 2014 Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award and the 2016 Poetry Society of America Emily Dickinson Award.  Winter teaches writing and literature in Northern California. I WANNA DESTROY YOU

       

      Melissa Barrett's poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in BOMB, Harvard Review, Crazyhorse, Gulf Coast, the Iowa Review, and Best American Poetry. She lives in Columbus, Ohio and works at a middle school. You can find her online here. MOON ON ROAM

       

      Rose Knapp is a poet and producer. She has publications in Lotus-Eater, Bombay Gin, BlazeVOX, Hotel Amerika, Gargoyle, and others.​ She has a chapbook with Hesterglock Press and a forthcoming collection with Dostoyevsky Wannabe. She lives in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at roseknapp.net METEMPOIESIS

       

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

       

      Sue Hyon Bae was raised in South Korea, Malaysia and Texas and received an 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. TRUCE COUNTRY

       

      Tim Wood is the author of two books of poems, Otherwise Known as Home (BlazeVOX, 2010) and Notched Sunsets (Atelos, 2016). He is also co-editor of The Hip Hop Reader (Longman, 2008). He was the 2017 winner of SLAB Magazine’s Elizabeth Curry poetry contest, and first runner-up of RHINO Magazine’s 2017 Founder’s Award. His work was also selected by Abiodun Oyewole, an original member of The Last Poets, for inclusion in the anthology Black Lives Have Always Mattered, A Collection of Essays, Poems, and Personal Narratives. His critical work on poetry and poetics can be found at ActionYes.org, Jacket2.org, and floorjournal.com as well as in Convolution and Leviathan; his poetry reviews can be found at the Colorado Review, The Iowa Review, and the Boston Review. A Fulbright scholar at the University of Tübingen in Germany from 2013 to 2014, he is currently a professor of English at SUNY Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York. ANTHOLOGY OF EXISTENCES