June Updates


The Black Box Poetry Prize remains open for submissions through the end of June! There’s no fee required, though we welcome donations to help us publish the winning manuscript. Recent winners include Stella Corso’s Cars, Stars, & Planes (selected by Douglas Kearney), Adrienne Raphel’s What Was It For (selected by Cathy Park Hong), and Sara Deniz Akant’s Babette (selected by Maggie Nelson). Each year, the Black Box leaves our inbox chock-a-block with odd, handsome, haunting, unassimilable, awesome work. We’re looking forward to reading yours—and so is this year’s judge, D.A. Powell. 

D.A. POWELL is the author of five books of poetry, most recently, Useless Landscape, Or a Guide For Boys, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry. His other books include the trilogy Tea, Lunch, and Cocktails. His poetry collection Chronic received the Kingsley Tufts Award and was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Powell’s honors have included fellowships from the Millay Colony, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the James Michener Foundation. A former Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Poetry at Harvard University, Powell has taught at Columbia University, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Davidson College, and New England College. He teaches at the University of San Francisco.  


Zach Savich’s Diving Makes the Water Deep was among the finalists for the CLMP Firecracker Award in creative nonfiction. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!

Lauren Haldeman’s second book, Instead of Dying, has been selected by judge Susan Howe for the 2017 Colorado Prize for Poetry. Instead of Dying will be published this November, and we can’t wait to read it!


“This is the crusted red sore on the foot of the dog that hates the dock that juts from the bulkhead behind the house on Bayshore”: Adrienne Raphel’s “The House on Bayshore” and notes on its composition at the Poetry Society of America.

“All that artifice requires is that unmeaningful levels be taken into account,” writes Forrest-Thomson… To be conventional in form is to be conventional in thought”: Adrienne Raphel on the not-to-be-forgotten genius of Veronica Forrest-Thomson at the Poetry Foundation.


“There’s a fine art to saying nothing”: a review of Adrienne Raphel’s What Was It For at the Lit Pub.

“Zach Savich has created a masterpiece of whatever form—essay, poem, memoir—filled with wisdom so tensile it becomes knowledge”: a review of Diving Makes the Water Deep at Ready Mag.

“Erik’s book does what I want all books to do which is make me feel less lonely” :a discussion of Estranger with Erik Anderson at Essay Daily.