Announcing the Judge of the Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prizes for 2015

 

Stephanie Strickland

 

Stephanie Strickland was born in Detroit. She earned a BA at Harvard University, an MFA at Sarah Lawrence College, and an MS at Pratt Institute. She is the author of numerous poetry books, many of which have been published in print and in interactive hypermedia formats. Her work includes Dragon Logic (2013), Zone : Zero (2008), True North (1997), and Give the Body Back (1991). She edited What’s Become of Eden: Poems of Family at Century’s End (1994) and coedited, with Anneliese Wagner, River Poems (1992). Strickland’s poetry was included in Best American Poetry 2013, edited by Denise Duhamel.
 
Strickland has received praise for her ability to combine research and associative play in her poems. Awarding Strickland the Boston Review Prize for the poem “The Ballad,” poet Heather McHugh observed in her judge’s statement, “One of the poem’s great virtues is its capacity to send off from its original premises more and more shooting stars of wild association, while never belaboring the host of fundamental—yet sometimes just delicately implicit—relations: relations that arise in the mind, over the course of a sympathetic reading, as spectres of near and distant fires, glasses (mirrors, microscopes, telescopes), sandmen, time-keepers, dreamers, and dreaders.” In a Bookslut interview with Kate Greenstreet, Strickland responded to whether, as “acts of research,” her books seek to resolve questions. “No, there is never ‘an answer’; the result of research is to open up deeper, older, newer, more free-flowing or more urgent questions,” she said. “The result of research is to begin again, having incorporated more, been more transformed; a sort of ‘Look! We Have Come Through!’ feeling, as D.H. Lawrence says.”
 
A member of the board of directors of the Electronic Literature Organization, Strickland is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Yaddo, Fundación Valparaíso, Djerassi, MacDowell, and the New York Foundation for the Arts; a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts; and the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award. Strickland has taught at the University of Utah and the Georgia Institute of Technology. She lives in New York City.

--from The Poetry Foundation

 

 

WINNERS OF THE 2014 MARSH HAWK PRESS POETRY PRIZES
Chosen by Brenda Hillman

The Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize

Christina Olivares
Cash Prize of $1,000 plus Publication of the Manuscript

The Rochelle Ratner Memorial Prize

Kathleen Winter
Cash Prize of $250

The Robert Creeley Memorial Prize

Jennifer Firestone
Cash Prize of $250

 

Marsh Hawk Press Artistic Advisory Board

Toi Derricotte
Denise Duhamel
Marilyn Hacker
Allan Kornblum
Maria Mazziotti Gillan
Alicia Ostriker
Marie Ponsot
David Shapiro
Nathaniel Tarn
Anne Waldman
John Yau

 

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New From Marsh Hawk Press Fall 2014

 

Basil King Sun Stigmata

 

The Latest Issue of the Marsh Hawk Review is here...

 

Basil King: The Spoken Word/ the Painted Hand from Learning to Draw/ A History

". . . a memoir, a manual, and a philosophical essay . . . a hair-raising page-turner and, at the same time, a sweet and reassuring journey through the working of a mind fully engaged by the mystery of the eye, the hand, and the measure of words."  —Andrei Codrescu

Eileen R. Tabios: SUN STIGMATA (Sculpture Poems)

"Eileen Tabios's poems twist like silk scarves caught in the wind, offering ardent calligraphies and sly sub-versions of the passions, so many ways of naming lucidity."— Andrew Joron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travelers With No Ticket Home

Dipstick(Diptych)

New & Selected Poems

Mary Mackey: Travelers With No Ticket Home

“Mary Mackey joins other visionary poets of dépaysement. . . recovering a lost part of herself in the edgy lyricism of the tropics, haunted by fado, forró, and death. The lines are tense with the vulnerability of lovers, strangers, and travelers with no ticket home.”—Dennis Nurkse

Winner of the 2013 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize

Tom Beckett: DIPSTICK (DIPTYCH)

“Tom Beckett’s stubborn refusal to turn away from the trips, traps, and trusts—disabilities and resistances—of everyday life produces poetry of epigrammatic wit and syncopating rhythms. Parapraxis here becomes a gateway to the bathetic sublime.”—Charles Bernstein, 2013 contest judge

Harriet Zinnes:
New and Selected Poems

“In [her] poems, Harriet Zinnes has dared to accept the deepest challenge of all writing: i.e. to dwell in the moment that is the seed-time of moments and in the image that rests forever within the disappearance of all images once beloved. Here is an unconditional clarity. Here are poems whose singularities are never less than complete.” —Donald Revell

 

Dear Hero,

Pocket Park

Joy Ride

Winner of the 2014 Whirling Prize from the University of Indianapolis

Winner of the 2012 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize

Jason McCall, Dear Hero,

[Here] is a poet who walks around with a book full of lyrical needles, letting the air out of heroic balloons. —Cornelius Eady

 

 

Claudia Carlson, Pocket Park: Four seasons in poems and photos

“Brilliant originality, multi-layered poems and photographs move gracefully from dark to lighter moments inspired by a tiny Manhattan public space....a welcome pocket-sized refuge.”—Lynn Saville

 

 

Thomas Fink, Joyride

“Thomas Fink is a unique craftsman and perhaps one of the best to write poems in form—but Fink’s brilliance is his inability to tell anything straight… Fink knows how to write poems that challenge the mind, pleasure the eye, tickle the tongue, and fascinate the ear.” —Steven Karl

 

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Marsh Hawk Press books highlight a wide range of affinities between poetry and the visual arts. Each volume is produced with particular care for visual style, often including artwork alongside the poems. The press sponsors readings, exhibits, an online magazine, a website with rotating photogallery space, and several blogs focused on poetry and visual art, and an annual contest judged by a poet of national stature which awards the Marsh Hawk Press book publication prize, the Marsh Hawk Press Robert Creeley Memorial Award and the Marsh Hawk Press Rochelle Ratner Memorial Prize.