2006 Tupelo Press Award & Contest Winners

Congratulations to all of the winners of 2006 Tupelo Press Awards and Contests!

Tupelo Press Dorset Prize2006 Dorset Prize

Winner: Sandra Meek for Biogeography

We congratulate Sandra Meek of Mount Berry, Georgia, who has won for Biogeography, a vivid and exciting collection that looks outward at the world in poems that are as rich in ideas as in language. Poem after poem in Biogeography teaches us something new about the architecture of human thought and desire, and the result is a transcendent experience for the reader. She will receive $10,000, plus publication and national & international distribution of her book by Consortium Book Sales & Distribution and Tupelo Press.

Sandra Meek is the author of Nomadic Foundations and Burn, most recently published by Elixir Press (January, 2005). She was awarded both the Georgia Author of the Year Award in Poetry and the Peace Corps Writers Award for Poetry in 2003, both for her collection Nomadic Foundations (Elixir, 2002). She has also published a chapbook, The Circumference of Arrival (Elixir, 2001), and her poems have appeared in Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Shenandoah, The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, The Georgia Review, Colorado Review, and many others and have been featured on the websites Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and Poetry Net’s “Poet of the Month.” A four-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, Meek was awarded Editors’ Choice for the 2002 James Wright Award, given by Mid-American Review. (12/2003). She is an associate professor of English at Berry College, where she teaches creative writing and contemporary literature. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana from 1989 to 1991, and received an M.F.A. from Colorado State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Denver.

Other Finalists:

Runner up: Katherine Soniat of Blacksburg, VA for The Swing Girl

Ciaran Berry of New York, NY for The Sphere of Birds

Monica Ferrell of Brooklyn, NY f or Beasts for the Chase

Noah Eli Gordon of Denver, CO for exciting facts from the physical world!

Sandra Miller of Roanoke, VA for Chora

Mary Molinary of Memphis, TN for What it Means to Walk Upright

David Mutschlencer of Los Alamos, NM for Spirations

Brian Swann of New York, NY for The Gist

Terri Witek of DeLand, FL for The Shipwreck Dress


Annie Boutelle, Florence, MA, Not Even the Stones

Carl Casinghino, Hatfield, MA, The Heathen Cartographer

Christina Cook, Hanover, NH, Out of the Blue

Caroline Crumpacker, Rhinebck, NY, Recherche Theories

Sally Dawidoff, New, York, NY, Substitute

Michael Tod Edgerton, Providence, RI, Vitreous Hide
Sarah Estes Graham, Charlottesville, VA, Fall Gently to the River

Alex Grant, Chapel Hill, NH, Fear of Moving Water

James Harms, Morgantown, WV, Other Summers

Heather Hartley, Paris, France, Knock Knock

Michael Heffernan, Fayettevill, AK, At the Bureau of Divine Music

Diane Kirsten Martin, San Francisco, CA, Demimonde

Erika Meitner, Washington, DC, Makeshift Instructions for Vigilant Girls

Rusty Morrison, Richmond, CA, Necessary Backward Rowing

David Mutschlecner, Los Alamos, NM, Spirations

Edward Nobles, Bangor ME, Queen of Truth

Margaret Rabb, Seattle, WA, Nothing To Forgive

Helen Klein Ross, New York, NY, Because I Can Come Only This Far With You

Harriet Torr, Caithness, Scotland, The Thinking Man’s Fish

G.C. Warldrep, Gambier, OH, Archicembalo

Marlys West, Culver City, CA, In a Wax Village (a dictionary of lies)

Gail Wronsky, Topanga, CA, With Parted Eye

Martha Zweig, Hardwick, VT, Monkey Lightning

July Open Submission PersonJuly Open Results

Winners: Angela Shaw for The Beginning of the Fields, Karen An-Hwei Lee for Ardor and Erythropoiesis, Joshua Marie Wilkinson for The Book of Whispering in the Projection Booth, and Christopher Buckley for Modern History—Prose Poems 1987-2007

Tupelo Press is delighted to announce that we have committed to five books of poetry from the many wonderful poetry collections submitted during our July open reading period. We received approximately 1,000 manuscripts, and found so many terrific ones. These sorts of decisions are so difficult. As always, we wish it were possible to take more. We are endlessly grateful to all who submitted.

We will be publishing:

Angela Shaw of Swarthmore, PA, for The Beginning of the Fields. Angela Shaw’s poetry has appeared in The Best American Poetry Anthology 1994 and 1996. She has also had poems selected for The Pushcart Prize & The Beacon Best of 2001. Her work has appeared in Poetry, Chelsea, Field, Pleiades, and elsewhere. The Beginning of the Fields is her first book.

Karen An-Hwei Lee of Santa Ana, CA, for two books: Ardor and Erythropoiesis. Heather McHugh selected Ms. Lee’s first book, In Medias Res, for the 2003 Katherine Morton Prize from Sarabande Books. In Medias Res also won the Norma Farber First Book Award from Poetry Society of America. She won a 2005 individual artist’s grant from the NEA.

Joshua Marie Wilkinson of Denver, Colorado, for The Book of Whispering in the Projection Booth. Joshua Marie Wilkinson’s first collection, Suspension of a Secret in Abandoned Rooms was published by Pinball Press in 2005, and Lug Your Careless Body Out of the Careful Dusk won the 2005 Iowa Poetry Prize and was published by U. Iowa Press in 2006. New Michigan Press published his chapbook, A Ghost as King of the Rabbits.

Christopher Buckley of Lompoc, CA, for Modern History—Prose Poems 1987-2007. Christopher Buckley has published fourteen books of poetry, most recently, Sky (The Sheep Meadow Press, 2004) and Star Apocrypha (Northwestern University Press, 2001). For his poetry he has received four Pushcart Prizes, two awards from the Poetry Society of America, a Fulbright Award in Creative Writing to the former Yugoslavia, and is the recipient of NEA grants in poetry for 2001 and 1984.

Tupelo_FirstSecond_Logo_150First Book Award

Winner: Kristin Bock for Cloisters



Our judge, David St. John has selected: Cloisters by Kristin Bock of Montague, MA as the winner of Tupelo Press’s 7th Annual First Book Award.


Phebus Etienne, Montclair, NJ Chainstitching

Diane Kirsten Martin, San Francisco, CA Demimonde 

Susan Settlemyre Williams, Richmond, VA Ashes in Midair

Pamela Sutton, Philadelphia, PA Bone House Broken 

Angela Shaw, Swarthmore, PA The Beginning of the Fields

Eleanor Stanford, Philadelphia, PA The Book of Sleep


Nicki Beer, Columbia, MO The Diminishing House 

Susan Berlin, Yarmouth Port, MA The Only One of Anything

Sass Brown, Alexandria, VA USA-1000

John Casteen, Earlysville, VA Free Union

Amy Catanzano, Boulder, CO Multiversal

Hildred Crill, Stockholm, Sweden The Book of Lichens 

Simon DeDeo, Chicago, IL Parallax

Megan Gannon, Prescott, AZ White Nightgown

Jason Gray, Columbus, OH Photographing Eden

Jessica Hornick, Alplaus, NY The Chosen Guide

Dale M. Kushner, Madison, WI Dark Matter

Amy Pence, Carrollton, GA Ablaze

Sarah Perrier, Cincinnati, OH Nothing Fatal

John Pursley III, Tuscaloosa, AL If You Have Ghosts 

Jaime Ross, Carson, NM Postcards from Mexico 

Chuck Ryback, Oneida, WI Elegy for Those in Attendance

Theresa Sotto, Santa Monica, CA punctum

Daneen Wardrop, Kalamazoo, MI The Silk Road

Honorable Mentions:

Katherine Lucas Anderson, Ithaca, NY Annunciation

Trent Busch, Lake Park, GA not one bit of this is your fault

Lynn Aarti Chandhok, Brooklyn, NY The View from Zero Bridge

Ernest Hilbert, Philadelphia, PA Cathedral Building

Christina Hutchins, Albany, CA The Stranger Dissolves

Christopher Janke, Turners Falls, MA Prayer to the Aardwolf

Jennifer Militello, Goffstown, NH History of the Always Pain

Peggy Munson, Worthington, MA Pathogenesis

Rich Murphy, Swampscott, MA The Apple in the Monkey Tree

Benjamin Paloff, Boston, MA United Kingdom

Kenton Wing Robinson, West Hartford, CT The Execution Club

Taije Silverman, Atlanta, GA Listen, No One

William Stobb, La Crosse, WI Nervous System

Benjamin Vogt, Lincoln, NE Afterimage

Tupelo_Snowbound_Logo_150Snowbound Series Chapbook Award

Winner: Cecilia Woloch for her manuscript Narcissus.

The 2006 Snowbound Series Chapbook Award, selected by judge Marie Howe, has been awarded to:

Cecilia Woloch of Los Angeles, California for her manuscript Narcissus.


1. Eric Pankey, Fairfax, VA – Preliminary Notes

2. Susan Settlemyre Williams, Richmond, VA – Possession

3. Chuck Rybak, Oneida, WI – Elegy for Those in Attendance

Finalists (alphabetically)

Joseph Campana, Gambier, OH – Caravaggio’s Book of Bacchus

Jennifer Chapis, San Clemente, CA – The Beekeeper’s Departure

Hildred Crill, Stockholm, Sweden – Mast of the Ship, Beam of the Loom

John de Stefano, New York, NY – From: Critical Opalescence and the Blueness of Sky

Gary Hawkins, Norman, OK – In Flourish

Christina Hutchins, Albany, CA – The Fountains Underground

Kathleen Jesme, Inner Grove Heights, MN – My tongue, my good eye

Allison Joseph, Carbondale, IL – VOICE: Poems

Adrianne Kalfopoulou, Athens, Greece – The Street of the Aphrodite Hotel

Ruth Moon Kempher, St. Augustine, FL – Travels Without a Map

Karen Kevorkian, Charlottesville, VA – Eve’s Dream

Ann B. Knox, Hancock, MD – Eve Learns the Word Want

Stephanie Lenox, Tempe, AZ – Congress of Strange People

John Minczeski, Maplewood, MN – Magdalene on the Bus

Rusty Morrison, Richmond, CA – Landscape, not fable

Rusty Morrison, Richmond, CA – Tidy up the history for visitors

David Mutschlecner, Los Alamos, NM – Gatherings at the Cusp

Veronica Patterson, Loveland, CO –1001

Pit Menousek Pinegar, Plainville, CT – Luna

John Pursley III, Tuscaloosa, AL – A Conventional Weather

Elizabeth Rees, Paris, France – Driving Without a Map

E.D. Roberts, Thetford Center, VA- Balance

David Ruekberg, Le Roy, NY – Penumbra

Ravi Shankar, Chester, CT – Percipience: A Series of NeoPastorals

Reginald Shepherd, Pensacola, FL – ITINERARY: Poems

Young Smith, Lexington, KY – In a City You Will Never Visit

Stephanie Strickland, New York, NY- Ecstasy

Julie Marie Wade, Pittsburgh, PA – Tessellations

Gabriel Welsch, State College, PA – the telemarketer’s dream

Dara Wier, Amherst, MA – Riverine

Honorable Mentions (alphabetically):

Jillian Barnet, Philadelphia, PA – Giraffa Camelopardalis

Albert Flynn DeSilver, Woodacre, CA – Working Title

Michael Gushue, Washington, DC – Ehoiai

Athena Kildegaard, Morris, MN – Mexican Bingo

Nancy Kuhl, New Haven, CT – Suspend, A Self Portrait in 28 Days

Nancy Kuhl –The Affair of the Fire Eaters

Claire Millikin, Owl’s Head, Maine – Translator

Shirley Stephenson, Chicago, IL – Wade

Lynn Veach Sadler, Sanford, NC – Who’s Your Daddy?

Susan Terris, San Francisco, CA – Marriage License

Stacey Waite, Pittsburgh, PA – when some asks if you believe what you just said

Theodore Worozbyt, Tuscaloosa, AL – Tell the Time