Announcing the results of the 2015 Nightboat Poetry Prize

Announcing the results of the 2015 Nightboat Poetry Prize

Winner: Duriel E. Harris

No Dictionary of a Living Tongue

"This work contains a blend of lyrics on the body and physicality, drummed through with and informed by critical race theory but grounded firmly in the messy existing world. Certainly, in the tradition of recent work by Claudia Rankine, Cristina Peri Rossi and Natalie Diaz, Duriel E. Harris' poetry feels immediate, necessary and vital. The charm of a dictionary is that in its cataloging the mind can range across history, geography and all the sundry experiences of both language and body. Harris’ book is incredibly ambitious in its explorations of art, citizenship, life as a body amid all the social, political and electronic networks that define us, hold us together, even bind us. This work is not solely concerned with identifying and illuminating the isolation and alienation the human can feel in the contemporary moment; it also boldly charts a course back to meaning and meaningfulness in this wide and dangerous world. The poems here take many forms—prose, lyric, epigram, narrative, dialog fragment, song, musical score, and fairy tale. There is an elegant use of sound here, coupled with a keen and roving intelligence and a fierce commitment to social justice."
- Judge's Citation, Kazim Ali

Duriel E. Harris is the author of two print collections Drag (2003) and Amnesiac: Poems (2010); as well as Speleology (2011), a video collaboration with artist Scott Rankin. She is a cofounder of the avant garde poetry/performance trio The Black Took Collective and poetry editor for Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora. She has been a MacDowell and Millay Colony fellow and has received grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Cave Canem Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Her work has appeared in numerous venues, including MandorlaThe & Now AwardsPloughsharesTroubling the Line, and The Best of Fence; her work has also been translated into Polish, German, and Spanish. Harris earned degrees from Yale University and NYU, and a PhD from the University of Illinois. She is an associate professor of English at Illinois State University where she teaches creative writing, literature and poetics.
No Dictionary of a Living Tongue will be published in Spring of 2017.

Runners up!
We're also thrilled to announce that we'll be publishing two other manuscripts from submissions to the 2015 Nightboat Poetry Prize:

Aditi Machado

Some Beheadings

Aditi Machado is an Indian poet. Her work appears or is forthcoming in VOLT, Witness, webConjunctions, The Offending Adam, DIAGRAM, ATTN:, MiPOesias, and elsewhere. She has a chapbook from Dzanc Books and a translation (of Farid Tali’s Prosopopoeia) forthcoming. She edits poetry in translation for Asymptote. She is working on her doctoral dissertation, a creative-critical exploration of the sensuous intellect in landscape,  at the University of Denver. 

Some Beheadings will be published in Fall 2017.
Ely Shipley

Playing Dead

Ely Shipley's first book, BOY WITH FLOWERS, won the 2007 Barrow Street Press book prize judged by Carl Phillips, the 2009 Thom Gunn Award, and was a Lambda Literary Award finalist. His writing appears in the Western Humanities ReviewPrairie SchoonerWillow SpringsFlorida ReviewPhoebeGreensboro ReviewPainted Bride QuarterlyHayden's Ferry ReviewDiagramBarrow StreetThird CoastGulf CoastLTTR and Bloom. He holds a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Utah and currently teaches literature and writing at Baruch College, CUNY.  
Playing Dead will be published in Winter 2018.

We congratulate the finalists:
Yasamin Ghiasi, Didan wa Nadidan
Stephanie Heit, The Color She Gave Gravity
Alexandra Mattraw, At the Yield Point
Christina Mengert, How Small a Fire
Andrew Nance, Endemic Gospels
Jenn Marie Nunes, Air/Or
Soham Patel, Letters to a Carbineer
Kate Schapira, Dear Letter Dear World
We also wish to recognize the following strong manuscripts which were semi-finalists:

E.C. Belli, Objects of Hunger
Jessica Rae Bergamino, Interstellar 8-Track
Michael Collins, Appearances
J Cuello, The Anatomy Fragments
C. Violet Eaton, The Cape Trick
Jennifer Firestone, Story
Valerie Hsiung, The Book of If We Should End
Karla Kelsey, Of Sphere
Carlos Lara, The Green Record
Mary Peelen, The Fundamentals of Calculus
Nina Puro, Each Tree Could Hold a Gallows or a House
Emily Rosko, Weather Inventions
Melissa Roxas, Against Erasure
Fred Schmalz, Action in the Orchards 
Thanks to all who submitted manuscripts. We will start accepting manuscripts for the 2016 Nightboat Poetry Prize in September.