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Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams wins Whiting Writers’ Award

by Win Bassett

Congrats to North Carolina’s Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams for her Whiting Writers’ Award!

Abrams teaches in the English Department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she earned her MFA. She’s also the recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship and a Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award.

We love short memoirs at Bull City Press, and while we adore each of our publications, we hold Inch #19 (Winter 2012), our double-sized and micro-memoir issue edited by Robin Black, close to our heart. For this reason, though Abrams is currently at work on her full-length memoir, The Following Sea, about growing up on a yacht in the South Pacific, we’d like to highlight some of her short memoir pieces:

“Of Wolves” in White Whale Review, Issue 1.3

Songs for Ghosts” in Cedars, Issue 4, Summer 2013

Also see Inch #19 contributor Emma Bolden‘s brief review of Abrams’s The Man Who Danced with Dolls (Madras Press, 2012), featured on her website.

Good News from the Grind

Arisa White, whose work is featured in Another & Another: An Anthology from the Grind Daily Writing Series, is featured in the first issue of Your Impossible Voice.  Listen to her poem “Here the neighbor screams for Frankie,” then check out the rest of their first issue. “Here the neighbor screams for Frankie” was written in the June 2013 Grind.

Benjamin Garcia has a poem entitled “To Drive a Lover Mad” in a recent issue of The Collagist, and the new issue features anthology contributor Jamaal May’s two poems, “Thinking Like a Split Melon” and “Macrophobia.”  Meanwhile, regular Grind participant Mary Lou Buschi (“Spell I”) and anthology contributor Vievee Francis (“Epicurean”) have poems up at Four Way Review.

Inch Author Update

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Matthew Haughton’s debut collection of poems, Stand in the Stillness of Woods, has been released by WordTech Editions. Haughton’s poem “Ox-Eyes” appeared in Inch #17.  Inch #11 contributor Katerina Stoykova-Klemer had this to say about the collection: “In Stand in the Stillness of Woods, horses, hawks, deer, bobcats, chickens and ‘all breeds of creatures’ emerge to add voice and presence to the completely-alive world of the speaker. These poems explore the formation of a deep connection to one’s place of birth and trace the development of that connection through symbolic observations of nature and insightful attention to detail. Fears, dreams and relationships bring heartbreaking premonitions of upcoming tragedies and loss. Mountains, hills and woods become characters in this world alongside family members and Kentucky literary icons. These poems stick together and converse with one another while drawing us in. We, the readers, stand still and in awe of the beauty of Matthew Haughton’s first full length poetry book.”  You can order a copy at the WordTech web site: http://www.wordtechweb.com/haughton.html.

Last year, we told you about The Last Hiccup, the second novel from Inch #9 contributor Christopher Meades.  Meades was presented with the Canadian Authors Association’s fiction award for the book, published in 2012 by ECW Press.  

Here are the CAA Judges’ Comments: “The Last Hiccup is an episodic novel reminiscent of Chaucer’s Tales or the Decameron. At the heart of the story is a hiccup, or more specifically, a boy with the hiccups… This surrealistic novel takes us through the misadventures of Vladimir and along the way the reader gets a good look at society’s foibles. The writing is exquisite, the language poetic and fresh. Although the story takes place in 1930s Russia, it feels very relevant to our times.”

Other authors who have won the Canadian Author’s Award for Fiction include: Margaret Atwood, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Alistair MacLeod, Will Ferguson, Tom Rachman, Patrick deWitt and Douglas Coupland.

Good News from the Grind

Several members of The Grind Daily Writing Series have new work appearing.  These pieces were written during a monthlong Grind.

Sally Molini, whose work appears in the Grind anthology, Another & Another, has new work appearing in the following:

  • Southern Poetry Review (“Optimism”)
  • Naugatuck River Review (“Side Effect with Playlist”)
  • SpringGun (“Premonition with Exotic Birds”)
  • Canary (“Carnivorous”)

One of the most constant presences on The Grind, Faith Holsaert is publishing fiction and poetry at a vigorous clip.  In addition to winning the Press 53 Competition for her novella, Chosen Girl, she has fiction in Watershed Review and poetry in the upcoming Naugatuck ReviewSugar Mule, Union Station Magazine, and Prairie Wolf Review.  Her poem “The Child Stealers,” won honorable mention in the the So to Speak poetry competition judged by Claudia Rankine.

Lee Sharkey’s New Book

Calendars of FireLee Sharkey, whose poem “Tiresias Tells It” appeared in Inch #20, has a new collection out with Tupelo Press.  Calendars of Fire was released in April, and is available for purchase on the Tupelo web site.

Fady Joudah says, “Lee Sharkey writes an exemplary poetry of conscience that exposes and refutes that ‘the warden is also the historian.’ Her ‘slit-tongued questions’ combined with her ‘throat song’ are reminiscient of Lorca’s Deep Song, Darwish’s celebratory lyrics of life, and narratives all her own. When you are done reading her Calendars of Fire, you will know what it means to ‘shiver from the we in tenderness.'”

Inch #20 sold out in its first printing, even before it was made available for sale on our web site.  Be on the lookout for a second printing soon.

Good News from the Grind Daily Writing Series

More author news from The Grind Daily Writing Series:

Eric Nelson’s poem, “Twenty-Five O’Clock,” written during the Grind last year, appears in the newest issue of The Sun.  Check them out online: http://www.thesunmagazine.org/

Marie Harris’s poem, “Boston Public,” appeared in the online edition of Green Mountains Review.  Read the poem here: http://greenmountainsreview.com/?p=1255

Jill Osier Wins Frost Place Chapbook Competition

Jill Osier

Jill Osier

Chapbook Competition Judge Patrick Donnelly has chosen Jill Osier of Fairbanks, Alaska, for her manuscript, Should Our Undoing Come Down Upon Us White, as the winner of the 2013 Frost Place Chapbook Fellowship, sponsored by Bull City Press. In late spring 2013, Osier’s chapbook will be published by Bull City Press, and she will receive 10 complimentary copies, and a $250.00 stipend. Osier will also receive a full fellowship to attend the five-and-a-half-day Poetry Seminar at The Frost Place (August 4 – 10, 2013), including room and board (a cash value of approximately $1,500.00), and will give a featured reading from the chapbook at the Seminar. Osier will also have the opportunity to spend one week living and writing in the Frost house museum after the Seminar (priceless!)

Osier studied poetry at Luther College and the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  Her honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellowship, and the Campbell Corner Poetry Prize.   She is the author of a chapbook, Bedful of Nebraskas, and lives in Fairbanks, Alaska.

In his citation for the winning entry, Donnelly said of Should Our Undoing Come Down Upon Us White, “As with some singing voices, there are poetic voices of such direct authority and clarity that they capture our deep engagement almost before we are aware that we have begun to listen. Jill Osier’s is such a voice. Like Franz Schubert’s song-cycle Winterreise, these poems of Osier’s take us on a lonely winter-journey through a stripped-down world, in which, as she says, “all the roads are well-worn, all the wagons breaking.” Because the poems, each a small, superb vignette with a different angle of light or insight, comprise a true and transformational sequence, after Osier has performed her winter pageant for us, we are not the same people as when we began. To survive in winter, one must go inside, literally and figuratively, and with aching simplicity and sensuality of voice, that is what Osier does.”

The Frost Place, a nonprofit educational center for poetry and the arts, is based at Robert
Frost’s old homestead in Franconia, New Hampshire, where Frost lived full-time from 1915 to 1920, and later spent nineteen summers. Registration for the Poetry Seminar (August 4 – 10, 2013) is open now.

The next submission period for the 2014 Frost Place Chapbook Competition, sponsored by Bull City Press, will be Oct. 1, 2013 – Dec. 31, 2013. Additional information will be available in September on the homepage of The Frost Place website, where information
about 2013 summer programs is available now.

Good News from the Grind

Writers who are grinding it out by finishing something every day as a part of The Grind are finding extraordinary success.  Here’s a run down of some good news:

Denise Delgado, whose work appeared in Inch #13, has a new story up at Hinchas de Poesía. Take a look at “The Country and the City.”

Dan Nowak, a long-time Grinder, is featured this month at Tupelo Press’s 30/30 Project blog.  Sponsor a poet as they write every day to benefit a terrific small press.  Dan’s own press, Imaginary Friend Press, has extended the deadline on their inaugural book contest, so poets, send your books their way by March 31.

Vievee Francis, whose work appears in Another & Another: An Anthology from the Grind Daily Writing Series, has new Grind poems appearing soon in Devil’s Lake and Prairie Schooner.  If you can’t wait to see her work in print, you don’t have to!  Poems she completed during the Grind are now featured at Fogged Clarity.

Grind Good News

Melissa Sipin’s story “Walang Hiya, Brother”, a piece she’s been working on over the past two years with the Grind, has recently been accepted for publication over at Glimmer Train.

Congratulations Melissa!

More good news from The Grind

Angles of AscentAngles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry, edited by Charles Henry Rowell, features four poems by Vievee Francis, including one written during the Grind.  Publishers Weekly calls the anthology an “important if sprawling collection… a full and various account of its subject: African-American poets since the 1960s, and especially since the 1980s, in much of their ambitiously pluralist, confident, and energetic variety.”

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Grinder Sebastian Matthews (who appeared in Inch #4) talks with Justin Bigos (who appeared in Inch #7) about his new book, the Grind, the Black Mountain school of poets, and more, over at 32 Poems:

http://www.32poems.com/blog/5158/weekly-prose-feature-an-interview-with-sebastian-matthews-by-justin-bigos

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In recent litmags, Katherine DeBlassie has a new poem up at B O D Y, while Rachelle Cruz has a poem in the newest issue of The Collagist.