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The Tupelonian


The Newsletter of Tupelo Press, June 2011


Congratulations, Aimee Nezhukumatathil!
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Eric Hoffer Book Award Gold Seal � The Eric Hoffer Project

Tupelo Press is honored to announce that Lucky Fish has won the highest distinction from the Eric Hoffer Awards: the 2011 Eric Hoffer Grand Prize!

The award commentary from The US Review of Books notes, "By enfolding folk beliefs, tales, or superstitions into contemporary experience, place, or situations, these poems delineate a fascinating, unexpected adventure. Her combinatory poetic and moral grace ranges through varied forms and across subjects and worldwide geography with exuberance, humor, and a lustrous talent for complex transformation."


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Spring Poetry Project


IrisThe spring edition of the Tupelo Press Poetry Project is happening now.


This time we're using as a prompt every single line in a poem of first lines by former Dorset Prize finalist Anne Marie Rooney, whose new book, Spitshine, is coming from Carnegie Mellon Press.


Our editors for the spring issue are Nancy Naomi Carlson and Athena Kildegaard, who will select first ($350), second ($250) and third place ($150) winners, five honorable mentions, and the balance of the issue.


The submission deadline for the Spring Poetry Project has been extended to June 30, 2011. For complete guidelines please visit our website.


Author News & Events



Kazim Ali's Fasting for Ramadan received a wonderful write-up from Peggy Rosenthal at the Image Journal blog: "Ali's most comfortable mode is interrogative. So as he observes what happens to his body's relation to itself and to the outer world during the thirty days of the fast, even his declarative sentences have the feel of a probing, a wondering."  Read more here.

Emily Anne Vaughn has written an in-depth inquiry into Dan Beachy-Quick's work for The New Inquiry: "By drawing from a plurality of imagery, schools of thought, and literary sources, Beachy-Quick argues that any quest for understanding ought to be open to multiple fields of knowledge. The encyclopedia is truer than any one of its entries. The best way to ensure that we are understood is to avoid isolating our ideas. Cross-referencing, whether in poetry or everyday speech, means that even if we are not understood directly, we give more opportunities for our audience to home in on our meaning." Read more here.

Jennifer Militello
's poem, "A Dictionary of Mechanics, Memory, and Skin in the Voice of Marian Parker" won the 2011 49th Parallel Award from Bellingham Review. Congratulations, Jennifer! 

Stacey Waite's the lake has no saint is discussed on Lambda Literary, in an astute article by V. Jo Hsu: "Honest and unapologetic, Waite unveils a character whose sense of self eludes conventional definition, whose identity manifests in the mutability of Waite's unfettered language." Read more here.

Don't forget to check our events page to see where Tupelo authors will be appearing in the coming weeks. This month includes events with Joshua Corey, Jennifer Militello, Karen An-hwei Lee, and Aimee Nezhukumatathil!




Ilya Kaminsky Broadside


Kaminsky broadside

Tupelo Press announces the release of this gorgeous limited edition, dual-language (English & Russian) broadside of Ilya Kaminsky's "Author's Prayer," (translated by Polina Barskova) from Dancing in Odessa. Each numbered broadside has been printed by hand on Rives Heavyweight, a French mould-made 100% cotton paper. Typesetting, woodcut, and printing by Josef Berry in Free Union, Virginia, January 2011. Click here to order.


Because we can only pray for art, but can actually do something tangible about hatred, injustice and the sufferings of children, Tupelo Press will donate 10% of every dollar received for this magnificent broadside to a worthy nonprofit organization. This month we will donate to Join with Joplin, a program designed to raise funds to assist seniors displaced or injured in the recent Joplin, Missouri tornado.



The Colrain Conference 
Goes West!


Truchas Peaks Place

This September, the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference is going to Truchas Peaks Place, located in the historic village of Truchas, midway between Taos and Sante Fe, New Mexico. In a beautifully constructed adobe-style spacious house, with panoramic views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the poets will meet and work with editors Jeffrey Levine (Tupelo Press), Ellen Dor� Watson (Smith College), and conference founder Joan Houlihan (Lesley University).


For details on location, requirements and cost, please visit: 


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Call: (978) 897-0054
Email: conferences@colrainpoetry.com
Write: Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference 
c/o Concord Poetry Center
40 Stow Street, Concord, MA 01742

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