Poetry: Omnidawn 2013 1st/2nd Book Prize Finalists

This month we feature new work from the five finalists for the 2013 Omnidawn 1st/2nd Book Contest:

Julia Drescher — Plural Bell
Daniel Poppick — The Police
Margaret Ross — A Day in Space and Another Day
Steven Toussaint — The Bellfounder
Caroline Young — catastrophiliac

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Poetry: David Lau


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Poetry: Shane Book

These poems will appear in Shane Book’s new collection, Congotronic, forthcoming in the United States from the University of Iowa Press and in Canada from House of Anansi Press in September 2014.

The Collected Novellas Of Gilbert Ryle

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Poetry: David Hadbawnik’s Aeneid (with illustrations by Carrie Kaser)


from the Aeneid, Book III

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First Verse: David Koehn and Rachel Mennies

First Verse is a series of conversations between David Koehn and another poet who has recently had a first book accepted or won a first book prize. These conversations navigate the process and experience of conceiving, developing, and bringing a first manuscript to its final form as a finished book.

alisonsteve02327Rachel Mennies is the author of The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards (Texas Tech University Press, 2014), winner of the Walt McDonald First-Book Prize in Poetry, and the chapbook No Silence in the Fields (Blue Hour Press, 2012). Her work has recently appeared in Sixth Finch, Poetry Daily, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Poet Lore, and elsewhere, and was recently funded by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. She teaches in the First-Year Writing Program at Carnegie Mellon University and is a member of AGNI‘s editorial staff.

imageDavid’s poetry and translations were previously collected in two chapbooks, Tunic, (speCt! books 2013) a small collection of some of his translations of Catullus, and Coil (University of Alaska, 1998), winner of the Midnight Sun Chapbook Contest. David’s first full length manuscript, Twine, now available from Bauhan Publishing, won the May Sarton Poetry Prize. David’s poetry has appeared in a wide range of literary magazines including Kenyon Review, New England Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Rhino, Volt, Carolina Quarterly, New York Quarterly, Diagram and many others. David Koehn received his MFA from the University of Florida, Bachelors from Carnegie Mellon, is an essayist for OmniVerse, and Chair of Omnidawn’s Advisory Board.

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