2017 Black Box Poetry Prize Results

Hello Dear Readers,  

Rescue Press is thrilled to announce Paola Capó-García as the winner of this year’s Black Box Poetry Prize. Capó-García’s manuscript, CLAP FOR ME THAT’S NOT ME, was chosen by our judge, D.A. Powell, and will be published in the 2018-2019 catalog. 

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Paola Capó-García is a poet and translator from San Juan, PR, based in San Diego, CA. She received her B.S. in Journalism from Syracuse University, her M.A. in English from UC Davis, and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from UCSD, where she occasionally teaches. Her poems have appeared in The Volta, Deluge, Salt Hill, h_ngm_n, and NightBlock; and her reporting in BOMB, Variety, Remezcla, and ELLE. She co-founded/edits littletell with Maria Flaccavento.

Thanks to all of the wonderful poets who sent us work this year and congratulations to the finalists, listed below. We’d also like to remind you that Andrea Lawlor’s Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl (novel) and Stella Corso’s Tantrum (poetry) will be available for pre-order on October 1st.

Upcoming titles at Rescue Press include second books of poetry by Philip Sorenson and Andy Stallings as well as Caren Beilin’s Spain, our 2017 Open Prose selection.

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Melissa Barrett’s Moon on Roam
Rosebud Ben-Oni’s Turn Around, Brxght Xyxs
Emily Bludworth de Barrios’s Having Stumbled in a Thicket of Shadowy Desires
Emily Carlson’s Sleeping with Phosphorus
Christy Davids’s Woo Me
Biswamit Dwibedy’s Hubble Gardener
M.J. Gette’s Majority Reef
Lindsay Gail Gibson’s Our Latter Affluence
Anna Meister’s To Take up Space
Tessa Micaela’s Little Beasts
Heidi Reszies’s Illusory Borders
Robert Yerachmiel Sniderman’s Deform