Announcing the Winner of the 2015 42 Miles Press Poetry Award

1 Jul

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We are very excited to announce that Kimberly Lambright, of Austin, Texas, has won the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award for her manuscript, Ultra-Cabin. The award includes a $1,000 prize in addition to the publication of her book by 42 Miles Press in September 2016. Kimberly will give a reading at Indiana University South Bend upon publication. Congratulations, Kimberly!

Kimberly Lambright currently lives in Austin, Texas. She grew up in the Rocky Mountain range of Northwestern Montana in the small resort town of Bigfork, where the Swan River flows into Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. She has since lived in various places, predominantly Portland and Brooklyn. She holds an MFA in poetry from Eastern Washington University in Spokane, Washington and an MA in Humanities & Social Thought from New York University, where she studied phenomenology and poetics. Her poems have appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Sink Review, Bone Bouquet, Big Bridge, and Wicked Alice. She is a MacDowell Colony fellow and was short-listed for The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2014 for her story, “I Want to Continue,” in ZYZZYVA. Ultra-Cabin is her first book.

A Poem from Ultra-Cabin:

SOCIETY OF WEATHER

My life inside the egg has been kind.
The purple Northwest evening
jet-streaked, line of cocaine.

I used to believe a prayerful silhouette
outlined my body. At lakes
I tried to catch my glory looking back at me.

God digs like a badger and forgets our heart-to-hearts.
The stars spit up like rehab. Beneath the moonlight
he is flinging dirt and worms.

The song tonight is my grief coming toward me,
a copy of the dark globe, gummed and formless,
I am made of it.

2015 Finalists and Semi-Finalists list (in no particular order):

Dore Kiesselbach – “Settling Up”
Angie Mazakis – “I Was Waiting To See What You Would Do First”
Monica Berlin – “Nostalgia for a World Where We Can Live”
Dan Kaplan – “Instant Killer Wig”
Lindsay Tigue – “System of Ghosts”
Jacqueline Berger – “The Anxious Class”
Abigail Zimmer – “girls their tongues”
Emari DiGiorgio – “The Things A Body Might Become”
Berwyn Moore – “Relative Fields”
Ashley Danielle Ryle – “Sight-Seeing in the Underworld”
Gary Fincke – “After The Three-Moon Era”
Graeme Bezanson – “Nobody’s Does”
Daniel Ross Biegelson – “Here & Elsewhere”
Deborah Schwartz – “A Girl Could Disappear Like This”
Steven Karl – “Green As What Awake”
David Pickering – “This is All I Can Tell You”
Colin Dodds – “The Happy Captive”
Jared Harel – “Punch Card”
Rachel Webster – “Flywheel”
Marc Harshman – “As If The World”
Joanna Lin Want – “A Song Before You Leave”

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