2010 Tupelo Press Award and Contest Winners

Congratulations to all of the winners of 2010 Tupelo Press Awards and Contests!

Tupelo Press Dorset Prize2010 Dorset Prize

Winner: Ruth Ellen Kocher for /domina Un/blued

Tupelo Press is delighted to announce that Lynn Emanuel has selected as winner of the 2010-2011 Dorset Prize: Ruth Ellen Kocher of Boulder, Colorado for her manuscript, /domina Un/blued.

Congratulations, Ms. Kocher!

The winning manuscript was selected by Ms. Emanuel, this year’s judge, from a field of 15 finalists. Ms. Emanuel’s latest book is Noose and Hook (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010), described by David St. John as her “most exquisite and powerful book yet.”

Ruth Ellen Kocher has published three previous books of poetry: Desdemona’s Fire (winner of the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award, Lotus Press 1999); When the Moon Knows You’re Wandering (New Issues, 2002 — winner of the Green Rose Prize), and One Girl Babylon (New Issues, 2003). She earned her B.A. from Pennsylvania State University in 1990, an MFA from Arizona State University in 1994, and a Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 1999. Her poetry has appeared in many anthologies, literary journals and magazines, including the Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poets, Washington Square Journal, Ploughshares,Crab Orchard Review, Clackamas Literary Review, The Missouri Review, Ninth Letter, African American Review, The Gettysburg Review, and Antioch, among others, and her work has been translated into Persian in the Iranian literary magazine She’r. She has been a fellow at the Bucknell Seminar, the Cave Canem Workshop, and Yaddo. She currently teaches in the MFA program at University of Colorado at Boulder.

Lynn Emanuel named two runners-up. Congratulations as well,

Hadara Bar-Nadav of Kansas City, Missouri for Lullaby (With Exit Sign),

Malachi Black of Provincetown, Massachusetts, for Storm Toward Morning.

Hadara Bar-Nadav is the author of two books of poetry, A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight (Margie/Intuit House, 2007), which was awarded the Margie Book Prize, and The Frame Called Ruin (forthcoming from New Issues, 2012). She is also co-author, with Michelle Boisseau, of Writing Poems, 8th edition (forthcoming from Pearson/Longman, 2011).

Malachi Black’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry, Boston Review, Best New Poets 2008, and elsewhere. The recipient of a 2009 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, he has also received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and the University of Texas at Austin’s Michener Center for Writers.

Tupelo Press also wishes to congratulate the finalists:

Distinguished Finalists:

Desiree Alvarez of New York, New York for The Innermost Animal

Catherine Anderson of Kansas City, Missouri for A Pantomime of Spirits

Sally Ball of Scottsdale, Arizona for Wreck Me

Jennifer Chapis of Brooklyn, New York for Fog and Invisible Horses

Marlon L. Fick of Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico for The Tenderness and the Wood

Kristin M. Hatch of San Francisco, California for someday they would grow as dragons

David Hawkins of Salt Lake City, Utah for Dark Adaptations

Rebecca Hazelton of Madison, Wisconsin for Fair Copy

Lilah Hegnauer of Charlottesville, Virginia for Pantry

George Looney of Erie, Pennsylvania for Ode to the Earth in Translation

Leslie Ullman of Canutillo, Texas for Progress on the Subject of Immensity

Theodore Worozbyt of Covington, Georgia for Echo’s Recipe

Berkshire Prize for First or Second Book of PoetryTupelo Press/Crazyhorse Award for a First or Second Book of Poetry

Winner: Mary Molinary for Mary & the Giant Mechanism 

Tupelo Press is proud to announce that Mary Molinary of Memphis, Tennessee has won the 2010 Tupelo Press/Crazyhorse Award for a First or Second Book of Poetry for her manuscript, Mary & the Giant Mechanism. The selection was made by Carol Ann Davis, Poetry Editor of the journal Crazyhorse, and Jeffrey Levine, Editor-in-Chief of Tupelo Press.

Tupelo Press also wishes to congratulate the finalists and semi-finalists for their fine work:


Modern Recluse – Laurie Capps, Austin, Texas

The Royal TerrorTheater – Averill Curdy, Chicago, Illinois

Girl in the Woods  Kimberly – Davis, Hingham, Massachusetts

Hot Bullets – Emari DiGiorgio, Ventnor City, New Jersey

A Lake Instead of a Sea – Russell Evatt, Krakow, Poland

The Jugglers Hands – Emily Fragos, New York, New York

Flower of the Standard Talking Machine – Sarah Messer, Wilmington, North Carolina

Custodians of Fragility – Kathy Nilsson, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Fruit and Memory – Natania Rosenfeld, Galesburg, Illinois

Wrack Line – Rob Schlegel, Iowa City, Iowa

The Boundary Waters – Jacob Shores-Argello, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Bright Advent – Robert Strong, Lewiston, Maine


Security – Marlo Bester-Sproul, Asheville, North Carolina

a mind is made of grasses – Jack Christian, Northampton, Massachusetts

To the Less Obvious Gods – Lisa Coffman, Los Osos, California

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

Later the House Stood Empty – Melina Draper, Fairbanks, Alaska

Penance – CJ Evans, San Francisco, California

The Glass Tree – Laura Davies Foley, Cornish, New Hampshire

More Alive Than Lions Roaring – Dale M. Kushner, Madison, Wisconsin

Pulling Down the Moon – Steve Lautermilch, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Miracle Atlas – Jay Leeming, Ithaca, New York

Cleave – Joseph Mains, Portland, Oregon

Black Lemons – Kathy Nilsson, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Threnody – Juliet Patterson, Minneapolis, Minnesota

On the Desire to Levitate – Alison Powell, New York, New York

Relative Motion – Andrea Scarpino, Santa Monica, California

Souvenir Palace – Brenda Seiczkowski, Salt Lake City, Utah

100 North Limits – Shirley Stephenson, Chicago, Illinois

Gloss – Ida Stewart, Athens, Georgia

Not As She Was – Jeneva Stone, Bethesda, Maryland

Voodoo Inverso – Mark Wagenaar, Charlottesville, Virginia

The Silk Road – Daneen Wardrop, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Loud Dreaming in a Quiet Room – Betsy Wheeler, Northampton, Massachusetts

Tupelo_Snowbound_Logo_150Tupelo Press Snowbound Chapbook Award

Winner: Kathleen Jesme for Meridian 

Tupelo Press is delighted to announce that Kathleen Jesme of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota has won the 2010 Tupelo Press Snowbound Chapbook Award for her manuscript, Meridian. Kathleen Jesme is a graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. She is the author of three previous books of poetry: The Plum-Stone Game (Ahsahta Press, 2009), Motherhouse (chosen by Thylias Moss for the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize; Pleiades Press, 2005), and Fire Eater (University of Tampa Press, 2003).

This year’s selection was made by Patricia Fargnoli, an award-winning poet and former Poet Laureate of New Hampshire, whose most recent book is Then, Something (Tupelo Press, 2009).


Hadara Bar-Nadav of Kansas City, Missouri – Compose an Evening Sky

Gaylord Brewer of Lascassas, Tennessee – Ghost

Jenny Browne of San Antonio, Texas – The Multiple States of Matter

Deb Casey of Eugene, Oregon – Spit & Purr

John de Stefano of New York, New York – From: Three-body Problems 

and From: Critical Opalescence and the Blueness of the Sky

Nancy Kuhl of New Haven, Connecticut – Refusal Makes a Window of the Body

Mark Wagenaar of Charlottesville, Virginia – The Litter Bearers

Rusty Morrison of Richmond, California – A tightening sky teaches precision

Cherry Pickman of Brooklyn, New York – The Lean Reward

John Surowiecki of Amston, Connecticut – The Catbird as Wladslawa Szymborska

Casey Thayer of Madison, Wisconsin – Self-Portrait with Spurs & Sulfur

Mande Zecca of Baltimore, Maryland – Bird in the Hand, If


E. Louise Beach of Potomac, Maryland – I tried to sleep beside you

Sharon Dolin of New York, New York – Of Hours

Karen Donovan of Riverside, Rhode Island – In Discarded Code

Starkey Flythe of Augusta, Georgia – Sugaring the Blade

Michael J. Grabell of Brooklyn, New York – Macho Man

Benjamin S. Grossberg of West Hartford, Connecticut – Space Traveler

Christina Hutchins of Albany, California – Radiantly We Inhabit the Air

Lynn Knight of Berkeley, California – Complications of the Bed

Joshua Kryah of Las Vegas, Nevada – Journey Out Of Essex

Joan Larkin of Brooklyn, New York – Reservoir

Kate Lebo of Seattle, Washington – Assumptions About Land

James McCorkle of Geneva, New York – Verdant

Michelle Mitchell-Foust of Dana Point, California – Prodigies

Chad Parmenter of Columbia, Missouri – my America

Joseph Radke of Green Bay, Wisconsin – Just Outside of Town

Jonathan Weinert of Concord, Massachusetts – Charged Particles

Charles Wyatt of Nashville, Tennessee – Burdalone