2015 Black Box Poetry Prize Results:

Dear Friends & Readers,

Rescue Press is thrilled to announce Adrienne Raphel as the winner of this year’s Black Box Poetry Prize. Adrienne’s manuscript, What Was It For, was chosen by our judge, Cathy Park Hong, and will be published in our 2016-17 catalog. We've also selected Vanessa Jimenez Gabb’s Images for Radical Politics as our Editor’s Choice, to be published the same year.

Adrienne Raphel was raised in southern New Jersey and northern Vermont. She has an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard. Her chapbook, But What Will We Do, is forthcoming from Seattle Review. Raphel is a regular contributor to the New Yorker online. Her writing has also appeared in, among other publications, the Paris Review Daily, the Atlantic online, Assignment, Lana Turner JournalPrelude, and Poetry Northwest.

Vanessa Jimenez Gabb is the author of the chapbooks midnight blue (Porkbelly Press, 2015) and Weekend Poems (dancing girl press, 2014). She is the co-founder of Five Quarterly and teaches at Newark Academy. She is from and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Thanks to all of the wonderful poets who sent us work and congratulations to the finalists. We'd also like to remind you that Sara Deniz Akant’s Babette, winner of last year’s Black Box Poetry Prize (chosen by Maggie Nelson), is available for pre-order along with Dot Devota’s The Division of Labor. 

Yours,
Rescue Press

Runners-Up:
Kirsten Kaschock: Confessional Sci-Fi: A Primer
Emily Liebowitz: National Park

Finalists:
J’Lynn Chapman: Beastlife
Stella Corso: Eat Island
Claudia Cortese: Wasp Queen
Ginger Ko: Inherit
Sara Renee Marshall: To Be New For the Empire
Jenn Marie Nunes: Those People
Michael Shea: Winner of the Fence Modern Poets Prize
Carleen Tibbetts: Dossier for the Postverbal
CL Young: Overhead Projector