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Poetry Center

2012 First Book and Open Competition
Award Results

We are happy to announce the results of this year’s Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book and Open Competition Award Result. 939 manuscripts were submitted to the two contests, each of which awards publication and a $1000 prize.

Scroll down for a complete list of runners-up and finalists

 

Winner of the 2012 Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book Prize selected by Nick Flynn,
forthcoming Spring 2013

Render / An Apocalypse
Rebecca Gayle Howell's poems and translations appear in Ecotone, Hayden's Ferry Review, Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, storySouth, and elsewhere, and have been featured on Poetry Daily. She holds an MFA from Drew University and is a PhD candidate at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Her work has been previously recognized with the Jules Chametzky Prize in Literary Translation, a poetry fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and long-term support from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Howell's translation of Amal al-Jubouri's Hagar Before the Occupation/Hagar After the Occupation (Alice James Books) was listed by Library Journal as a Best Book of 2011 and was a finalist for Three Percent's Best Translated Book Award. Howell's homeplace is Lexington, Kentucky. 

Winner of the 2012 Cleveland State University Poetry Center Open Competition forthcoming Spring 2013

Adventures in the Lost Interiors of America
William D. Waltz is the author of the poetry collection Zoo Music (Slope Editions, 2004) and the chapbook Confluence of Mysterious Origins (Factory Hollow Press, 2012). His poems have appeared in Black Warrior Review, Court Green, Denver Quarterly, jubilat, Washington Square, and elsewhere.  He holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and is the founder and editor of the literary journal Conduit.  

Selected by Poetry Center Director Michael Dumanis from among all of this year’s finalists forthcoming November 2013

You Are Not Dead
Wendy Xu is the author of a chapbook The Hero Poems (H_NGM_N, 2011), and co-author of the collaborative chapbook I Was Not Even Born (Coconut Books, 2013). Her poems have appeared in The American Poetry Journal, Columbia Poetry Review, CutBank, Forklift, Ohio, MAKE, Third Coast, and elsewhere. She currently studies in the Program for Poets & Writers at UMass-Amherst, and is the co-editor and publisher of iO: A Journal of New American Poetry / iO Books.

Vow
Rebecca Hazelton’s work has been published in Agni, The Gettysburg Review, and The Southern Review, featured on Verse Daily, and included in Best New Poets 2011. She holds an MFA from the University of Notre Dame, a PhD from Florida State University, and was the 2010-2011 Jay C. and Ruth Hall Poetry Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Creative Writing Institute. Her first book, Fair Copy, won The Ohio State Press/The Journal poetry award in 2011. In 2012, she won The Discovery/Boston Review Prize for Poetry, and is presently a Visiting Poet at Oklahoma State University.

We are delighted to announce the results of this year’s Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book and Open Book Competitions. 957 manuscripts were submitted to the two contests, each of which awards publication and a $1000 prize.

Render / An Apocalypse by Rebecca Gayle Howell of Lexington, KY, was selected by final judge Nick Flynn as the winner of our First Book Award, and will be published in February 2013.

Adventures in the Lost Interiors of America by William D. Waltz of St. Paul, MN, was selected as the winner of our Open Competition by jurors Kazim Ali, Mary Biddinger, Michael Dumanis, and Sarah Gridley, and will be published in February 2013.

In addition, the Poetry Center will publish You Are Not Dead by Wendy Xu of Northampton, MA and Vow by Rebecca Hazelton of Stillwater, OK.

The submission period for both 2012 Poetry Contests is between November 1, 2012 and February 15, 2013 (postmark deadline). The First Book judge will be Tracy K. Smith.

We would also like to recognize and congratulate the following runners-up, and finalists.

We would also like to recognize and congratulate the following runners-up and finalists.

First Book Competition Runners-Up: as selected by Nick Flynn   

Wendy Xu, Northampton, MA, You Are Not Dead
Micah Bateman, Iowa City, IA,  Bastard Star

Open Book Competition Runners-Up: as selected by Open Book Jury

Rebecca Hazelton, Stillwater, OK, Vow
Barbara Claire Freeman, Berkeley, CA, #343

First Book Competition Finalists

Anhvu Buchanan, San Francisco, CA, The Disorder   
          Index
Caroline Cabrera, Pelham, MA, Flood Bloom
Brittany Cavallaro, Madison, WI, Girl-King
Adam Day, Louisville, KY, Winter Inventory
Claire Donato, Brooklyn, NY, Off to the Nervous       
          Museum
Steffi Drewes, Emeryville, CA, Cartography Askew
John W. Evans, Stanford, CA, Young Widower
Kimberly Grey, Upper Saddle River, NJ, The Opposite
          of Robot is Light
Eileen G’Sell, St. Louis, MO, Euphoria Takes One for
        the Team
Lauren Haldeman, Iowa City, IA,Team Photograph
Kristin Hatch, San Francisco, CA, The Meatgirl   
        Whatever
Paul Hlava, Brooklyn, NY, Intergalactic Love Song
Maria Hummel, San Francisco, CA, House and Fire
Nicolas Hundley, Austin, TX, The Revolver in the Hive
Dawn Lonsinger, Salt Lake City, UT, Whelm
Marni Ludwig, St. Louis, MO, The White Room
Aubrie Marrin, Brooklyn, NY, Incognitum
Carey McHugh, New York, NY, Aviaries & Asylums
Hannah Sanghee Park, Seoul, South Korea, Word of
         [Thee], Worded by [The]
Charlotte Pence, Knoxville, TN, Spike
Adam Roberts, South Hadley, MA, Point
Cori A. Winrock, Rochester, NY, This Coalition of
         Bones

Open Book Competition Finalists

Seth Abramson, Madison, WI, Thievery
Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, Salt Lake City, UT, A
         Slice  from the Cake Made of Air
Crystal Curry, Seattle, WA, Onward
Christopher DeWeese, Northampton, MA,
        Tableaus
Leslie Harrison, Sandisfield, MA, Days & Hours
Endi Bogue Hartigan, Portland, OR, Pool
Charles Jensen, Tucson, AZ, Nanopedia
Anna Journey, Venice, CA, Vulgar Remedies
Daniel Khalastchi, Iowa City, IA, The Story of Your
        Obstinate Survival
Jason Koo, Brooklyn, NY, America’s Favorite Poem
Sarah Messer, Wilmington, NC, Flower of the
        Standard Talking Machine
Miguel Murphy, West Hollywood, CA, Green is the
        Sword
Danielle Pafunda, Laramie, WY, The Dead Girls
        Speak in Unison
Eric Pankey, Fairfax, VA, Dismantling the Angel
Katie Peterson, Lynchburg, VA, Permission
Peter Streckfus, Northport, AL, The Shoreling
Tom Thompson, New York, NY, Disorder
Jennifer Tseng, West Tisbury, MA, Red Flower,
           White  Flower
Joshua Ware, Denver, CO, Imaginary You
Crystal Williams, Portland, OR, Detroit as Barn

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