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The Press is pleased to the announce the winner of the inaugural Publisher’s Long Story Prize: “The Dying Athabaskan” by Brady Harrison, author or co-editor of a number of books, most recently Punk Rock Warlord: The Life and Work of Joe Strummer. Brady is professor of English at the University of Montana, where he teaches American and Canadian literatures. His fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in Cerise Press, J Journal, The Long Story, Serving House Journal, Short Story, Wascana Review, and other journals. He lives in Missoula, Montana. Watch for “The Dying Athabaskan” this fall.
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Vachel Lindsay Poetry Prize: Congratulations to Enid Shomer, whose poetry collection “Shoreless” was selected by J.D. Schraffenberger as the recipient of the inaugural Vachel Lindsay Poetry Prize. She is the author of four previous poetry collections as well as three books of fiction, most recently The Twelve Rooms of the Nile (Simon & Schuster, 2012). Her poems have appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, Paris Review, Parnassus, among many others. She has been the winner of several poetry prizes, including the Guy Owens Prize from Southern Poetry Review, the Eunice Tietjens Prize from Poetry, and the Randall Jarrell Prize from the North Carolina Writers’ Network. Watch for “Shoreless” in print and digital editions this year.
Also, congratulations to the Vachel Lindsay Poetry Prize finalists: Neil Carpathios (“Confessions of a Captured Angel”), Leonard Cress (“Craniotomy and Other Sestinas”), Kimberly Mathes (“Finally, the Moon”), Nick Admussen (“Fly or Fight”), Philip Raisor (“That Naked Country”), Ben Gunsberg (“Welcome, Dangerous Life”), and Alejandro Escudé (“What the Atheists Speak Of”).
Congratulations to J.D. Schraffenberger (The Waxen Poor), John McCarthy (Extinguished & Extinct, ed.) and Ted Morrissey (Weeping with an Ancient God), whose books were included on Chicago Book Review’s list of the Best Books of 2015.
Pushcart Prize Nominations: Congratulations to the following TWP authors whose work the Press has nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Each work appeared originally in their single-author collections: In fiction, “Still the Bomber” by Grant Tracey, from Final Stanzas, “Girls Like That Eat Lemon Pound Cake” and “B-Sides” by Beth Gilstrap, from I Am Barbarella; in poetry, “Tortuga,” “And So the Head Breaks Through,” and “Circle” by Rachel Jamison Webster, from The Endless Unbegun.
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