Congratulations to Brad and the finalists and semi-finalists below!
The prize is $1000 and publication of a mid-career poet's latest work. Richard's winning collection Parasite Kingdom will be available at the 2019 AWP Conference and Bookfair in Portland next March.
Brad Richard's previous books include Habitations
(Portal Press 2000); Motion Studies, winner of the Washington Prize and finalist for the 2012 Thom Gunn Award in Gay Poetry from the Publishing Triangle; and Butcher's Sugar (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2012). He has also published two chapbooks, The Men in the Dark (Lowlands Press, 2004) and Curtain Optional (Press Street, 2011).
His poems and reviews have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Barrow Street, Bayou, Crab Orchard Review, Gettysburg Review, Guernica, Hunger Mountain Review, The Iowa Review, The Laurel Review, Literary Imagination, The Massachusetts Review, Mississippi Review, New Orleans Review, Prairie Schooner, and other journals.
Richard lives in New Orleans where he directs the creative writing program at Lusher Charter High School. He also co-directs the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of Southeast Louisiana, a regional affiliate of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, and co-curates The Waves, a LGBTQ+ reading series.
He was the 2015 Louisiana Artist of the Year and recipient of awards and Fellowships from Poets & Writers, Inc., The Surdna Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Louisiana Division of the Arts.
Ralph Burns (Fair Lawn, NJ)
The Parts of a Window
Tom Holmes (Hattiesburg, MI)
The Book of Incurable Dreams
Adam Tavel (Quantico, MD)
Erin Murphy (Holidaysburg, PA):
Kathleen Hellen (Baltimore, MD)
A Bright Guilty World
N. Samaros Skiathos (West Nyack, NJ)
Shadow of Athos