May News Flash

On books-that-are: 

Two false springs later, we have leaves in Iowa City, and our newest books have left off their boxes. Marc Rahe’s poetry collection On Hours and Christian TeBordo’s hybrid American epic Toughlahoma are available now. (And so is our Managing Editor Danny Khalastchi’s second collection, Tradition, out from McSweeney’s. Check it!)

Here are some nice things Shane McCrae has to say about On Hours, here is what The Blood Jet says, and here is Marc’s say about his second collection.

And here, for your pure pleasure, is an excerpt from Toughlahoma.

On books-to-come: 

Our fifth annual Black Box Poetry Prize, a contest for full-length collections of poetry open to poets at any stage in their writing careers, will be open for submissions between June 1 and June 30, 2015.

Past winners include: Blueberry Morningsnow’s Whale in the Woods (selected by Sabrina Orah Mark), Todd Melicker’s rendezvous (selected by Zach Savich), Bridgette Bates’ What Is Not Missing is Light (selected by Heather Christle), and Sara Deniz Akant’s Babette (selected by Maggie Nelson, forthcoming in the fall).

We’re giddy as gadflies (we promise they gid, kid) to announce that Cathy Park Hong will judge the prize this year. Hong is the author ofTranslating Mo’umDance Dance Revolution  (winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize), and Engine Empire. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is an Associate Professor at Sarah Lawrence College and is regular faculty at the Queens MFA program in Charlotte, North Carolina. Poems from her most recent collection, Engine Empire, may be found at Octopus, as well as an interview at The Paris Review blog. 

Last, a lovely little interview with Dot Devota, Editor's Choice of our fourth Black Box Prize. We'll be releasing her third full collection this fall.