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

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.


Dear Friends,

Happy Holidays! We’re writing from Rescue Press headquarters to wish you a snowy winter, a happy new year, and for the first time ever to request your support via a donation to this now-seven-year-old press we happily pilot.
You, dear readers, are the wind beneath our wings — the stars in our eyes! — and we couldn’t have made it this far without your good will, energetic readership, and enthusiasm for contemporary literature. If you’d like to help us with our forthcoming publications (including new books from Stella Corso, Andrea Lawlor, Adrienne Raphel, Philip Sorenson, and Andy Stallings) we invite you to DONATE VIA THIS LINK.
Additionally, please check out our new fall publications; they've lent us light and strengthened our sense of wonder.

Best wishes for your new year —


The Rescue Press Crew