Presenting our nominees for Bettering American Poetry!

by | Apr 4, 2017 | News

Wren Hanks for “Dear Ozma,”

Wren Hanks is the author of Prophet Fever (Hyacinth Girl Press) and Ghost Skin (Porkbelly Press). His recent work appears or is forthcoming in Best New Poets 2016, Gigantic Sequins, Drunken Boat, decomP, Jellyfish Magazine, and elsewhere. His third chapbook, gar child, is forthcoming in 2017. He lives in Brooklyn and tweets @suitofscales. Read “Dear Ozma,” HERE.

Aja Couchois Duncan for “Instructions on Bifurcation: Lesson One”

Aja Couchois Duncan is a Bay Area educator, writer and coach of Ojibwe, French and Scottish descent. Her writing has been anthologized in Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative (Coach House Press,) Bay Poetics (Faux Press) and Love Shook My Heart 2 (Alyson Press). Her debut collection, Restless Continent (Litmus Press) was selected by Entropy Magazine as one of the best poetry collections of 2016 and won the California Book Award in 2017. A fictional writer of non-fiction, she has published essays in the North American Review and Chain. In 2005, she was a recipient of the Marin Arts Council Award Grant for Literary Arts, and in 2013, she received a James D. Phelan Literary Award. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and a variety of other degrees and credentials to certify her as human. Great Spirit knew it all along.

Donika Kelly for “Dear—”

Donika Kelly is the author of BESTIARY (Graywolf 2016), winner of the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. A Cave Canem Graduate Fellow, she received her MFA in Writing from the Michener Center for Writers and a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University. She is an Assistant Professor at St. Bonaventure University.

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