Poets Out Loud Prizes
We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2016-2017 POL Prizes.
Julia Bouwsma's Midden is the winner of the POL Prize, selected by Afaa Michael Weaver. Henk Rossouw's Xamissa is the winner of the POL Editor's Prize. Both titles will be published in Fall 2018 by Fordham University Press. POL will host a New York City book launch and represent both titles at the 2019 AWP convention.
Julia Bouwsma’s debut collection, Work by Bloodlight (Cider Press Review, 2017), was selected by Linda Pastan for the 2015 Cider Press Review Book Award. Her poems and reviews can be found in Bellingham Review, Colorado Review, Cutthroat, Muzzle, Puerto del Sol, RHINO, River Styx, Salamander, and others. A former Managing Editor for Alice James Books, she currently serves as Book Review Editor for Connotation Press: An Online Artifact and as Library Director for Webster Library in Kingfield, Maine. She lives and works on an off-the-grid farm in the mountains of western Maine.
Originally from Cape Town, Henk Rossouw has poems in The Paris Review, Transom, The Massachusetts Review, The Common, Blackbird, and The Boston Review. He’s also published nonfiction in The Threepenny Review and The Chronicle Review, an interview with Nadine Gordimer in The Virginia Quarterly Review, and short fiction in Tin House. He holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston, where he served as a poetry editor for Gulf Coast. An excerpt from Xamissa will be included in Best American Experimental Writing 2018 (Wesleyan University Press). He teaches as a visiting assistant professor in the University of Houston's Honors College.
Last year's winning books, Gary Keenan's Rotary Devotion and Michael Snediker's The New York Editions will be published by Fordham Press in Fall 2017.