Washington, D.C.                                                                                       AUGUST 13, 2017

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The Word Works 
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the 2017 winner of
The Washington Prize
The panel of judges has selected  Zoom
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by  Susan Lewis of New York City to receive the annual award of publication and $1500.
Three tiers of readers winnowed the 357 submissions to a single winning manuscript.
The Washington Prize, founded in 1981, goes each year to an exceptional manuscript by an American poet at any stage of their career. All reading is done "blind," and the readers and panel of five final judges offer feedback to the finalists who request it.
Lewis is the author of three previous full-length collections and numerous chapbooks. She received her J.D. from U.C. Berkeley and her M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, and is now editor of the journal Posit
Says Series Editor, Andrea Carter Brown, " Zoom is haunting, disturbing, harmonious, muscular. With razor-sharp precision, prodigious word-play, syntax that constantly upends and astounds, and a surprisingly sly sense of humor, the prose poems in this collection obsessively focus on what it means to be fully alive and aware in these complicated, anxiety-ridden times."

Advance review copies will be ready for the 2018 AWP Conference and Bookfair. Come and meet the author in Tampa!  
Congratulations to the finalists:
Steve Bellin-Oka (Portales, NM) Days since a Lost Time Accident
Sue D. Burton (Burlington, VT) Box
Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach  (Philadelphia, PA) Don't Touch the Bones 
Melanie Figg (Silver Spring, MD) Trace 
Rae Gouirand (Davis, CA) Glass Is Glass Water Is Water
L. E. Huizar (Davidson, NC) Inland Empire 
Elizabeth Jacobson (Santa Fe, NM) Not into the Blossoms and Not into the Air 
Billie R. Tadros (Lafayette, LA) Graft Fixation 
Adeeba Taukder (New York, NY) Shahr-a-jaanaan: The City of the Beloved 
Camille-Yvette Welsch (State College, PA) The Four Ugliest Children in Christendom 
About Susan Lewis 

Lewis lives in New York City and is the editor and publisher of Posit (positjournal.com).

She is the author of Heisenberg's Salon (BlazeVOX [books], 2017), This Visit (BlazeVOX [books], 2015), and How to be Another (Červená Barva Press, 2014), as well as numerous chapbooks, including State of the Union (Spuyten Duyvil Press, 2014) and Commodity Fetishism, winner of the 2009 Červená Barva Press Chapbook Award.

Her poetry has appeared in a great number of anthologies and journals, such as The Awl, Berkeley Poetry Review, Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, The Journal, The New Orleans Review, Raritan, Seneca Review, Verse, Verse Daily, and VOLT.