Trio House Press is pleased to announce that Kimiko Hahn has selected Bone Music by Stephen Cramer as the winner of the 2015 Louise Bogan Award. The annual award is for a book of poems contributing in an innovative and distinctive way to American poetry. The book is slated to be published in the spring of 2016.
Stephen Cramer’s first book of poems, Shiva’s Drum, was selected for the National Poetry Series and published by University of Illinois Press. From the Hip, which follows the history of hip hop in a series of 56 sonnets, came out in 2014 from Wind Ridge Press. His work has appeared in journals such as The American Poetry Review, African American Review, The Yale Review, Harvard Review, and Hayden’s Ferry Review. An Assistant Poetry Editor at Green Mountains Review, he teaches writing and literature at the University of Vermont and lives with his wife and daughter in Burlington.
In addition, Kimiko Hahn selected the following manuscripts as Finalists with Honorable Mention for the 2015 Louise Bogan Award:
Ugglig by Michelle Boisseau
Discovery by Gregory Lawless
Orpheus & Echo by Robert Miltner
The remaining finalists (in no particular order) were:
Her Oceanography by Harriet Millan
Habitus by Kathleen Hellen
Relative Fields by Berwyn Moore
Landscape with Headless Mama by Jennifer Givhan
god holds a knife in the dark sky by Betsy Johnson-Miller
That Happy Captive by Colin Dodds
Parking Lot With Circus by Barry Sileksy (submitted by Emily Johnson)
Homebody by John Buckley
This year’s semi-finalists were:
All the Regions of the Night by Jacquelyn Malone
Deuce by Patty Seyburn
Notes to David by Pia Taavila-Borsheim
Melancholia by Roberto Garcia
Abloom and Awry by Tina Kelley
Congratulations to Stephen Cramer, and all of the finalists and semi-finalists, as well as a special thanks to all poets who submitted their work this year to the Trio House Press Louise Bogan Award.