Thanks to all the applicants of the 2015 First Book Award Contest!
Our judge, Tracie Morris, had her work cut out for her this year as she says selecting the winner out of so many excellent manuscripts was a very difficult job.
Kore Press is pleased to announce the
2015 First Book Award winner:
Congratulations to Zayne Turner for
Morris says: “This manuscript is visceral, bold and expansive. The writing and its organization is physically impactful. The range of writings and the seamless ways in which very different types of writing interact with each other unites
driven and divergent environments
of poetic thought. Body Burden
inhabits the body. It’s a pleasure to read, see and *feel* with the body.”
Zayne Turner grew up in the rural High Desert of Oregon. She is the author
of the chapbook Memory of My Mouth, from dancing girl press, and chapbooks
and broadsides published in her name and collaboratively as T.H. Peros by
Edison St. Press. She has received grants and fellowships for literary & visual
arts from the Arteles Creative Center in Finland, Oregon Arts Commission, Vermont Studio Center and the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow. She lives and works in Minneapolis.
Congratulations to the Finalists:
Nancy Chen Long for “Light Into Bodies”
& Leah Huizar for “Inland Empire”
Morris says: “Light Into Bodies fills the senses with the cracks and crinkles, the delicate reverberations that indicate the fragility of life. It’s understatement and economy fully engages unsettling remembrances for the reader as someone who engages in this world, this family as well as the ghosts of one’s own.”
Nancy Chen Long is the author of the chapbook Clouds as Inkblots for the
War Prone (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2013). You’ll find her recent and forthcoming work in Bat City Review, Pleiades, Superstition Review, DIAGRAM, and elsewhere. As avolunteer with the local Writers Guild, she coordinates a
reading series and works with others to offer free poetry workshops to the
public. Nancy received a BS in Electrical Engineering Technology and an MBA, worked as an electrical engineer, software consultant, and project manager, and more recently earned an MFA. She currently works at Indiana University in the Research Technologies division.
Morris says: “The landscape in this beautiful manuscript is rich, verdant and a tough terrain. The book presents work through an unflinching panoramic vision. I enjoyed experiencing these poems of “Inland Empire” over and over.”
is a Mexican-American writer originally from Southern California. She holds an MFA from The Pennsylvania State University and her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Nimrod, Crab Orchard Review, Nashville Review,
Once again, many thanks to ALL the writers who submitted this year, to our judge, Tracie Morris, and to our readers (Meg Day, Sabrina Dalla Valle, Ching-In Chen, Ashaki Jackson, and Rebecca Seiferle) for your time, dedication, and hard work these
past few months!