The Poetry Society of Virginia Book Award for 2016
The Poetry Society of Virginia is thrilled to list the following books, which have been selected as finalists for the 2017 Poetry Society of Virginia Book Award for poetry books published in 2016.
These books are now with the final judge for this contest, Tim Siebles, the current Poet Laureate of Virginia. The winner will be contacted after the final selection by Robert Arthur, the current president of The Poetry Society of Virginia and will be announced publicly at The Poetry Society of Virginia Festival, May 27, 2017.
2017 Poetry Society of Virginia Book Award Finalists
The Treasures That Prevail — Jen Karetnick
The Body, A Tree — Amy MacLennan
As If Wine Could Pour From Her Nipple — M. J. Kledzik
Sometimes the Little Town — Sara M. Robinson
About the Award
The book of poetry submitted must be the work of a single author of at least 48 pages published in 2016 by an established press. Manuscripts, videos, CDs, and chapbooks are not accepted, nor are books that have won awards. It is expected that books will contain a collection of new poems and/or previously published poems.
Three copies of the submitted book must be sent to Nancy Powell
(postmarked on or before January 15, 2017). — Deadline for entry has been extended to submissions postmarked on or before January 31st, 2017
164 Mill Point Drive
Hampton, VA 23669
The Award Committee
Chaired by Nancy Powell, the Award Committee is composed of Henry Hart, Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, Sofia Starnes, Joshua Poteat, and Ron Smith.
Final Judge: Tim Seibles, Poet Laureate of Virginia.
The winner will receive a plaque, a $300 monetary award, and will be recognized at the May Poetry Festival of the Poetry Society of Virginia.
$25 for members of the PSV; $35 for non-members (includes one-year membership to PSV)
Questions: Contact Nancy Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org
2015 Book Award Winner
“Paradise Drive” by Rebecca Foust
Rebecca Foust won the 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry for Paradise Drive. Her other books include God, Seed: Poetry & Art About the Natural World (Tebot Bach, 2010), a collaboration with artist Lorna Stevens that received a 2010 Foreword Book of the Year Award; All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song (Many Mountains Moving, 2010), which received the 2008 MMM Press Poetry Book Prize; and two chapbooks, Mom’s Canoe (Texas Review Press, 2009) and Dark Card (Texas Review Press, 2008), both winners of the Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook prize. Foust earned an MFA from Warren Wilson College in 2010 and is the recipient of fellowships from The Frost Place and The MacDowell Colony. Her poems have appeared widely in journals including The Hudson Review, The Massachusetts Review, Narrative, North American Review, and Sewanee Review, and her prose is in American Book Review, Chautauqua, Poetry Flash, The Rumpus, Tikkun Daily, and other journals. Her essay, “Venn Diagram,” won the Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize from The Malahat Review in 2014. Foust lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area as a writer, freelance editor, teacher, and Marin Poetry Center board member.
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2015 Book Award Runner-Up
“When the Men Go Off to War” by Victoria Kelly
Victoria Kelly was born in New Jersey and graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University. A U.S. Mitchell Scholar, she received her M.Phil. in Creative Writing from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland and went on to earn her M.F.A. in Creative Writing in 2009 from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
Her fiction and poetry have appeared in the anthologies Best American Poetry 2013 and The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, as well as dozens of literary journals, including Prairie Schooner, Colorado Review, Fiction, Alaska Quarterly Review, Southwest Review, and Hopkins Review, among others. Her first poetry chapbook, Prayers of an American Wife, was the winner of the Coal Hill Prize and was published by Autumn House Press in 2012. Her debut full-length poetry collection, When the Men Go Off to War, was published in hardcover in September 2015 by the Naval Institute Press as the Press’s first original poetry publication in their over-100-year history. Her debut novel, Mrs. Houdini, will be published by Simon & Schuster (Atria) on March 1, 2016.
Victoria is a two-time Pushcart Prize Nominee and has taught Creative Writing at the University of Iowa and Old Dominion University. She lives with her husband and daughters.
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