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Dorset Prize Winner

Tupelo Press is delighted to announce that Thomas Sleigh has selected Jeffrey Harrison’s manuscript What Comes Next as winner of the 2011 Dorset Prize.

Jeffrey Harrison of Dover, Massachusetts is the author of four previous books of poetry, including The Singing Underneath, a National Poetry Series selection in 1987, and most recently, Incomplete Knowledge, which was runner-up for 2008 the Poets’ Prize, as well as The Names of Things: New and Selected Poems, published in 2006 in the U.K. A recipient of Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships, he has published in The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Nation, Poetry, The Yale Review, American Poetry Review, The Paris Review, Poets of the New Century, The Twentieth Century in Poetry (U.K.) and in many other magazines and anthologies. He has taught at George Washington University, Phillips Academy (as Roger Murray Writer-in-Residence), College of the Holy Cross, Framingham State College, the Stonecoast MFA Program, the Chautauqua Institute, the Wesleyan Writers’ Conference, and The Frost Place.


Desirée Alvarez of New York, New York — The Order in Which Things Are Broken
Kate Angus of New York, New York — Distant Satellite
Hadara Bar-Nadav of Kansas City, Missouri — Lullaby (with Exit Sign)
Lillian-Yvonne Bertram of Salt Lake City, Utah — a slice from the cake made of air
Malachi Black of Salt Lake City, Utah — Storm Toward Morning
Victoria Chang of Rossmoor, California — Dear P.
Jennifer Chapis of Brooklyn, New York — Fog and Invisible Horses
Serena Chopra of Denver, Colorado — Livid Season
Matt Donovan of Santa Fe, New Mexico — Every Last Thing
Kristina Erny of Indianapolis, Indiana — Wax of What’s Left
Sarah Gridley of Newbury, Ohio — Loom
Rebecca Hazelton of Madison, Wisconsin — Vow
Kirsten Kaschock of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — The Dottery
V. Penelope Pelizzon of Willimantic, Connecticut — Other Ambassadors
Heather Sellers of Holland, Michigan — the vine
Shelby Stephenson of Benson, North Carolina — The Hunger of Freedom
Peter Streckfus of Northport, Alabama — The Shoreling
Molly Tenenbaum of Seattle, Washington — Umbilical Travels
Theodore Worozbyt of Covington, Georgia — Echo’s Recipe

We congratulate Jeffrey Harrison and the finalists and we sincerely thank all who entered manuscripts in the Dorset Prize for delighting us with a stunning number of terrific submissions.

July Open Reading Period

From the manuscripts submitted during our 2011 July Open Reading Period, Tupelo Press is proud to announce that Guest Editor Nate Pritts has selected for publication by Tupelo Press:

Gale Marie Thompson of Northampton, Massachusetts,
for her extraordinary book-length poetry collection,
“Soldier On.”

Nate Pritts cited “Soldier On” for “the strong grasp of narrative moments, used with complexity & care, mixed with a vibrant range of diction & a comfortable grasp of the imaginative possibilities of image, both reverent & irreverent.”

Gale Thompson has works published or forthcoming in the Denver Quarterly, Los Angeles Review, Bateau, Sixth Finch, H_NGM_N, Glitterpony, and others, and most recently her manuscript was named a runner-up in the Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book Competition. Originally from South Carolina, she is currently in her final year at the University of Massachusetts MFA Program for Poets and Writers, where she also teaches freshman composition and creative writing at the University. She is the assistant editor of jubilat. “Soldier On” is her first book.

As runner-up, Nate Pritts named:
Annie Guthrie of Tucson, Arizona for her manuscript,
“the good dark * (waking).”

Honorable Mentions

Although the Open Reading is not a contest, Nate Pritts did wish to single out the following “exceptional” submissions for recognition (in alphabetical order):

Caroline Cabrera of Pelham, Massachusetts
for “Flood Bloom”

Jack Christian of Northampton, Massachusetts
for “New Revised Standard”

Adam Clay of Lexington, Kentucky
for “To Take Note of Where We Are”

P.J. Gallo of Durham, North Carolina
for “XLNT”

Sarah Gridley of Newbury, Ohio
for “Mistress”

Nathan Hauke of Todd, North Carolina
for “Every Living One”

Maureen Thorson of Washington, DC
for “Up She Rises”

William D. Waltz of Saint Paul, Minnesota
for “Adventures in the Lost Interiors of America”

Congratulations to all, and thank you to all the poets who sent us their work, and to Nate Pritts for reading and considering every single manuscript submitted.

We appreciate your participation and continued support!

Tupelo Press Award for a First or Second Book of Poetry


Tupelo Press is especially delighted to announce that D.A. Powell has selected Lantern Puzzle by Ye Chun of Columbus, Missouri as winner of the 2011 First / Second Book Award.

In his award message, D. A. Powell says, "Ye Chun's poetry is remarkably gorgeous, courageous, astute and inspiring. A 'space dark enough for a peach tree to bloom.' These poems are solidly anchored in both the world and the imagination--they, in fact, use one in order to make the other possible."

Ye Chun is the author of a book of poetry, Travel Over Water (Bitter Oleander Press, 2005), and a novel in Chinese, Peach Tree In The Sea (People's Literature Publishing House, 2011). Her translation of Hai Zi's poetry is forthcoming from Tupelo Press. She holds an MFA from the University of Virginia. Her work has appeared in AGNI, American Poetry Review, Conjunctions, Indiana Review, Poetry International, Subtropics, and other places. Also a visual artist, she lives in Columbia, Missouri with her husband and daughter.


D.A. Powell named two runners-up:

Malachi Black of Provincetown, Massachusetts for Storm Toward Morning


Juliet M. Rodeman of Columbia, Missouri for Reckless Fire.

The Editors of Tupelo Press have also singled out for Honorable Mention Kathy Nilsson of Cambridge, Massachusetts for The Infant Scholar.

Other Distinguished Finalists:

Natural Selections — Joseph Campana, Houston, Texas (withdrew prior to judging, won the Iowa Prize)
Disaster Fruit — J. L. Conrad, Madison, Wisconsin
Fair Copy — Rebecca Hazelton, Madison, Wisconsin
Whisper to the Hive — Anna Journey, Fairfax, Virginia
Red House Over Yonder — Stacy Kidd, Stillwater, Oklahoma
Dear Suburb — David Roderick, Greensboro, North Carolina
Pilgrimly — Siobhán Scarry, Ridgewood, New Jersey
Clarkston St. Polaroids — Stephanie Ellis Schlaifer, St. Louis, Missouri
This Island of Dogs — Eliot Khalil Wilson, Denver, Colorado

Congratulations to all, and thank you to all the poets who sent us their work. We appreciate your participation and continued support!

Tupelo Press Snowbound Chapbook Award


Tupelo Press is especially delighted to announce on the summer solstice that Ellen Doré Watson has selected Engravings: A Pictorial Dictionary of Visual Curiosities 1851 by Anna George Meek of Minneapolis, Minnesota as winner of the 2011 Snowbound Chapbook Poetry Award.

Anna George Meek is a freelance violinist, violin teacher, and instructor at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. She holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.A. in English from Indiana University. Her work has been published in the Kenyon Review, Yale Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Massachusetts Review, Seneca Review, Missouri Review, Water~Stone Review, Crazyhorse, and many others. She is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Poetry Prize, two Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowships, a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Grant, and has also been a finalist for the National Poetry Series, the Minnesota Book Award, and the Yale Series of Younger Poets. Her first full-length book Acts of Contortion won the 2002 Brittingham Prize in Poetry (University of Wisconsin Press), selected by Edward Hirsch.

Other Distinguished Finalists:

Hadara Bar-Nadav of Kansas City, Missouri — Compose an Evening Sky
Lillian-Yvonne Bertram of Williamstown, Massachusetts — machine gun villa
Malachi Black of Provincetown, Massachusetts — Evening With An Edge Of Bone
John de Stefano of New York, New York — From: Three-body Problems
Chelsea Henderson of Charlottesville, Virginia — Small Mercies
Bern Mulvey of Morioka-shi, Iwate, Japan — Character Readings
Dawn Pendergast of Houston, Texas — My Speaker, She Does Not Know Whom To Float To
Jendi Reiter of Northampton, Massachusetts — Bullies in Love
José Edmundo Ocampo Reyes of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts — Present Values
Helen Klein Ross of New York, New York — Preserves
Jacob Shores-Argüello of Provincetown, Massachusetts — Orange Revolution
Meredith Stricker of Carmel, California — Mouth to Mouth
Mark Wagenaar of Lamoni, Iowa — Moth Hour


Victoria Anderson of Chicago, Illinois — Feed the Tourist
Lucy Anderton of Berkeley, California — Lantern
Grace Bauer of Lincoln, Nebraska — The Book of Uncommon Prayer
Andrea Carter Brown of Los Angeles, California — Cloud Studies: Hudson River School
Deb Casey of Eugene, Oregon — Damp Sleep - NW Landscape
Julie Cooper-Fratrik of Riegelsville, Pennsylvania — (A)nna (M)orphous: days, an anaphoric rhapsody
Hildred Crill of Stockholm, Sweden — Torneträsk
J. David Cummings of Menlo Park, California — Flame and Wing Over Water
J. David Cummings of Menlo Park, California — The Zero Ground
John de Stefano of New York, New York — From: Critical Opalescence and the Blueness of the Sky
Starkey Flythe of Augusta, Georgia — Cadmium
Michelle Gillett of Stockbridge, Massachusetts — A Murder of Crows
Nathan Hauke of Todd, North Carolina — There Goes the River, Or Rather Is
Chloe Honum of Provincetown, Massachusetts — Spring
John Wesley Horton of Seattle, Washinton — An Anglo-Saxon Chieftain in the Roman Colosseum
Sara Michas-Martin of San Francisco, California — Particles Collide
Rena J. Mosteirin of Bloomington, Indiana — Girls for Gorgeous
JoAnna Novak of Albany, New York — Manning Up
Paul Lobo Portugés of Santa Barbara, California — Love and War
Emily Rosko of Charleston, South Carolina — Weather Inventions
Martin Steingesser of Portland, Maine — Mad & Irresponsible Acts
Jon Tribble of Carbondale, Illinois — Ostrich
Julie Weber of Ashland, Oregon — The Cantor Set
Sam Witt of Framingham, Massachusetts — A Mass for the Snow inside the Dead (a song of St. Petersburg)

Congratulations to all, and thank you to all the poets who sent us their work. We appreciate your participation and continued support!