2011 Tupelo Press Award and Contest Winners

Congratulations to all of the winners of 2011 Tupelo Press Awards and Contests!

Tupelo Press Dorset PrizeDorset Prize Winner

Winner: Jeffrey Harrison for What Comes Next

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.


Desiree 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 Whats 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 Submission PersonJuly Open Reading Period

Winner: Gale Marie Thompson for Soldier On. 

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

Winner: Ye Chun for Lantern Puzzle

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 enis 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_Snowbound_Logo_150Tupelo Press Snowbound Chapbook Award

Winner: Anna George Meek for Engravings: A Pictorial Dictionary of Visual Curiosities 1851 

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-Arguello 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 — Tornetrask

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 Portugues 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!