Award for Poetry
Patricia Colleen Murphy of Phoenix, Arizona, has been named winner of the 2019 Press 53 Award for Poetry for her collection Bully Love.
Patricia teaches at Arizona State University where she foundedSuperstition Review. Her book Hemming Flames (Utah State University Press, 2016) won the May Swenson Poetry Award and the Milt Kessler Poetry Award.
Her work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Quarterly West, The Iowa Review, and Black Warrior Review, and has received awards from Gulf Coast, Bellevue Literary Review, among others.
Bully Love was selected by Press 53 Poetry Series Editor Tom Lombardo from a field of more than 400 entries from forty-five states and the District of Columbia and will be published on April 1, 2019, as a Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection. At the time of publication, Ms. Murphy will receive ten copies of her book and her First Prize advance of $1,500.
Mr. Lombardo also selected eight Finalists:
Roundabout by Amy Clark of Stow, Massachusetts
Our Mother of Sorrows by Nina Clements of Ventura, California
Boi Bi by Kwabena Foli of Brooklyn, New York
Little What by Jeff Oaks of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Forgotten Stages of Grief by C. Pope of Stillwater, Oklahoma
Selective Sweep by Carol Potter of Tunbridge, Vermont
Place Where Presence Was by Bret Shepard of Tacoma, Washington
A Wake with Nine Shades by Jennifer Speery Steinorth of Traverse City, Michigan
Everyone at Press 53 congratulates Patricia and our eight finalists, and we send grateful thanks to all the poets who entered our competition.
Entries for the 2020 Press 53 Award for Poetry will open on April 1, 2019.
Past winners of the Press 53 Award for Poetry are:
2015: Rebecca Foust of Kentfield, CA, for Paradise Drive
2016: Richard Garcia of Charleston, SC, for Porridge
2017: Leona Sevick of Bridgewater, VA, for Lion Brothers
2018: Marilyn Annucci of Madison, WI, for The Arrows That Choose Us
Entries for the 2020 Press 53 Award for Poetry will open on April 1, 2019