Contributor Update, Karen Skolfield: The 2018 Recipient of the Barnard Women Poets Prize

Contributor UpdateWe are happy to announce that past contributor Karen Skolfield from Issue 17, an Army veteran and writing instructor at UMass Amherst, has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Barnard Women Poets Prize. The prize, given in collaboration with W.W. Norton & Company, will include the publication of her winning collection of poems Battle Dress, in addition to a cash prize and a reading at Barnard upon the release of the volume. Congratulations Karen!

 

Barnard College’s Press Release for the 2018 Barnard Women Poets Prize

Contributor Update, Claire Polders: Debut in English Novel

We are happy to announce that past contributor Dutch author Claire Polders from Issue 17 has recently released her debut in English novel called “A Whale in Paris.” The book is co-written with her husband, Daniel Presley. “A Whale in Paris” is a novel for younger readers about a heroic girl who befriends a lost whale during World War II, and embarks on a journey to find their families. Congratulations Claire! Check out her book and website on the links above.

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Click here to hear her AuthorsTalk podcast she did last summer with Superstition Review.

Contributor Update, Kat Meads: New Book

We are happy to announce that past contributor Kat Meads from Issue 2 has recently released a new novel called “Miss Jane: The Lost Years.” Congratulations Kat!

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Contributor Update

Click on the link below to check out Kirkus Reviews book review on Kat’s new novel:

A “sharp and pointed tale … incredibly relevant to today’s reckoning with powerful men’s sexual abuse of the women around them.”-Kirkus Reviews – Miss Jane: The Lost Years

Contributor Update, Laurie Filipelli: New Poetry Collection

We are happy to announce that past contributor Laurie Filipelli from Issue 16 has released her new poetry collection “Girl Paper Stone.” Laurie’s new poetry collection is now available for purchase. Congratulations Laurie!

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Praise for GIRL PAPER STONE

In her luminous book, Laurie Filipelli remakes the constellations of a modern life. Her poems re-draw the lines between the parts of the world, helping us to see there are no divisions between planting a plumbago and watching the passage of hateful legislation, no space between grief for a lost father and the wonder of what he’s told the speaker: “the whale’s veins are so wide we could swim/ to her heart.” By looking so tenderly and incisively at the actual experience of a life, Filipelli makes us see our own differently.
—Sasha West

Flying together, flying apart: in these poems the self is as elastic as a flock of birds cutting across the winter sky. Here, among carousel and cave, where “the bigger you spin, the lighter you fall,” we are invited into the world of mothers and daughters, fathers and grandfathers, a geography whose inhabitants bear steadily forward while always casting a long look back. As our leader advances, in an outstretched hand she presents to us the artifacts of her explorations—mirrors, keys, paper dragons—reminding us all the while to accept the dangers of discovery as well as its myriad blessings. The wisdom within these pages is hard-won and generously offered, the speaker lifting her face skyward no matter the conditions at her feet. “The future is a ballad sung in your name,” Filipelli promises, and we want to—we do—believe her.
—Laurie Saurborn

With Laurie Filipelli’s Girl Paper Stone we revel in a collection of lyric recuperations that simultaneously soothe and trouble, delight and disrupt as they marvel and lament at the fragility, wonder, and hurt of our daily lives, our dream lives, and the underground life of our divinations. These poems reject the immovable and fixed and find meaning in the always transforming torrent that is our doing and un-doing. What a great pleasure to find these poems—all at once in flight, grounded, on fire, and full of heart—elemental, beautiful, and indispensable.
—Cathy Bowman
Please visit Laurie’s website at lauriefilipelli.org

Contributor Update, Melissa Goodrich and Brandon Amico: Gold Wake Press Spring Contest Winners

Contributor UpdateAuthors Talk PoetWe are happy to announce that past contributors Melissa Goodrich and Brandon Amico from Issue 21 won Gold Wake Press’s 2018 Spring contest. Gold Wake Press will be publishing Brandon Amico’s book “Disappearing, Inc.” and Melissa Goodrich and Dana Diehl’s book “The Classroom Beneath the Classroom.” Congratulations Brandon and Melissa!

Contributor Update, Carolyn Lavender: Drawings Showcased in Tempe Center of the Arts Exhibition

We are happy to announce that past contributor Carolyn Lavender from Issue 9 has been selected to showcase her graphite and acrylic drawings at the Tempe Center of the Arts “draw” exhibition. Tempe Center of the Arts states that “Artists were selected by a distinguished panel of community jury panelists including artists Alexandra Bowers, Joe Ray and Sarah Spencer as well as architect John Kane. In a highly competitive process, 11 Arizona artists were selected, three of which will work in studio spaces set up inside the gallery for 12 weeks this summer.” The exhibition will be open from May 25- September 1st. Come check out her work!

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Click here to view Carolyn Lavender’s website