ANNOUNCING THE WINNER
of the 2017 NOVELLA PRIZE!!
Martín Silva de Choc, childhood survivor of an army massacre during the Guatemalan civil war, and now a language-school teacher in Guatemala City, falls in love with his American student, Abby, and follows her home to Chicago on a fiancé visa. Days before their wedding, however, Abby goes missing, and on a Halloween afternoon Martin embarks on a search that leads from the ghost-strewn yards of Chicago’s North Side to the Lincoln Park Conservatory—and ultimately back to his violent past. A story about repressed secrets and the limits of love, Day of All Saints traces the effects of historical trauma on individual lives.
Thank you to all who submitted manuscripts to us this year and to our final judge, Brian Ascalon Roley, who selected DAY OF ALL SAINTS out of a total of 114 prize entries. All entrants are eligible to receive a copy of the winning book. Request a thank-you novella.
NEW POETRY TITLES!!
JANICE A. LOWE
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Leaving CLE is made from the detritus of reverse migration. Its poems move from Cleveland to New York City to Tuscaloosa’s "schoolhouse door" and back again. They travel and party with a musical Cleveland from Art Tatum’s 1920’s to Albert Ayler and from Ohio Funk to Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. They collage a shifting sense of home and negotiate the gift horse of flashbulb memory. Remembering is a character. Houses speak.
"Leaving CLE is a beautiful document of eccentric return. A collection of unforecast surprise, it keeps giving home away, disbursing and dispersing hard, pleasurable weather like a new kind of lake effect. Cleveland is Brooklyn is Chicago and elsewhere, everywhere in a set of absolute specificities, upSouth, back east, out and out. There’s a black cosmology of “difference without separation” of which Denise Ferreira da Silva, sociologist, speaks. Janice A. Lowe, poet, sings it so hard, makes her air such an irreducible element of the general air, that you couldn’t get away from it if you tried, which is fine, because that’s the last thing you’ll want. Her sound, her time, is everything you do."
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The poems in Liz Waldner’s
Her Faithfulness surprise and sustain. The world they know is "daily harmed and harming," and they summon resources against its meanness: the natural world where sight of an indigo bunting or blue lizard presents "the kingdom of heaven," a fragment of song or local speech carrying memory and feeling. All of the themes and inventiveness of Waldner’s eight earlier books are part of Her Faithfulness, here condensed to their essence in poems wild and smart and joyful and wise near the end of their journey: "After a long time, I came to love’s house /
where I was invited to stay."
These playful meditations on sex, passion and, above all, the desire for a home, belie the intensity animating them. When Waldner names the "god" she wants "she," it's easy to overlook the erased option–"goddess" –that implies the co-existence of a male god. Waldner’s position is clear: the only singular god is she. And she, the only "Mercy" worth wanting, is the "good." Her Faithfulness, the story of Waldner’s peripatetic life, rewards a reading, to say nothing of her readers, faithful to the end. –Tyrone Williams
The difference between looking anywhere you can and looking anywhere you want reasons the weather of these exquisite poems, inside which malady, melody, severity, doubt, and pleasure approach and pass to be claimed by a voice too beautiful to ever stop listening for. Liz Waldner may be here to show us how joy made sad gets to keep being joy, how to be beheld by meanness and not be it. This is the work of a vital, profuse mind undeniably at home in poetry. –Kathleen Peirce
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Part futuristic fiction and part meditative memoir, That Night Alive begins on the narrator's death date and moves backward in time to tell her story. She traces her path as a successful crypto-reporter, navigating a life of secrecy and solitude and world travel. A counter-narrative intersects, told by the same woman as a young artist struggling to create a work of beauty. That Night Alive investigates art and failure, persistence and success.