The 2016 Fall Issue is Nearing Publication
Here is a glimpse of the front and back covers of our soon-to-be-published Fall Issue.
We are looking forward to sharing it with you.
Congratulations to the 2016 Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize Winner
Crab Creek Review is pleased to announce the winner of the Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize, chosen by Oliver de la Paz.
Hearty congratulations to Connie Post, winner of the 2016 Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize! Connie will be awarded $500, and her poem, "Gardening" will appear in the fall issue of Crab Creek Review. Three finalists were also chosen: "Ode to the Continuously Renamed", by Elizabeth Acevedo; "Desgraciado", by José Angel Araguz; and "Selfie at the End of the World", by Francine Witte.
Congratulations to Connie Post, and to each of the finalists. Nearly 900 poems were received for consideration. The editors were impressed with the high quality of all of the submissions, and enjoyed reading through these poems. Thank you to all the poets who entered the competition. Please know your submission fee goes toward paying the winner of the contest, as well as paying for production costs and a small honorarium for the contest judge.
Oliver de la Paz had this to say about "Gardening":
"I find the quiet and economical power of this poem to be quite profound. But it's not quiet or subtle throughout. The pivotal moment in the sixth stanza which has the protagonists ". . . eating/eating/gorging" is a loud and painful moment in a poem that otherwise seduces the reader into thinking all is well and beautiful. The final two stanzas show the gravity of the wound and the startling image of "pulling petals/out of my body" held me long after I had read the poem."
Oliver de la Paz is the author of four collections of poetry, Names Above Houses, Furious Lullaby (SIU Press 2001, 2007), and Requiem for the Orchard (U. of Akron Press 2010), winner of the Akron Prize for poetry chosen by Martìn Espada, and Post Subject: A Fable (U. of Akron Press 2014). He is the co-editor with Stacey Lynn Brown of A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry (U. of Akron Press 2012).
He co-chairs the advisory board of Kundiman, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of Asian American Poetry and serves on the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Board. A recipient of a NYFA Fellowship Award and a GAP Grant from Artist Trust, his work has appeared in journals like Virginia Quarterly Review, North American Review, Tin House, Chattahoochee Review, and in anthologies such as Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation. He is the music editor for At Length Magazine and he teaches in the MFA program at Western Washington University.
The 2016 Spring Issue of Crab Creek Review is Here!
All of us have been famous for being hard to see
in our own homes. No one hears when you call from the basement.
I lose in hide and seek when I see my breath's shadow on snow,
more substantial than I am, more fleeting but more real.
-- Tina Kelley, The Countershading
To read this and more of our favorite poems this season, purchase your copy today.
Place Your Order for the Fall Issue of Crab Creek Review
The Fall issue of Crab Creek Review is now available..
Following is the opening of Jennifer Givhan's "Santiago’s Song":
When I was a boy, I longed to be transformed--
to be othered in the closets of my best friend’s
sister, in her mother’s high heels that almost
fit my own large feet, in the lacy scarves & purses
in which I’d keep the hours
To read the rest of this poem and more from talented writers, purchase your issue today!
Congratulations to the winner of the 2015 Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize, Laura Read!
We are pleased to honor Laura Read with the first place prize for her poem Invagination. To learn more about the contest and the top four poems, visit the Contests page. We look forward to publishing these poems in the fall issue of Crab Creek Review.
Maya Jewell Zeller - new Fiction Editor!
Maya joined the Crab Creek Review team in February 2015. We are fortunate to have this talented, discerning writer on the editorial staff. Welcome, Maya!
Maya Jewell Zeller grew up in the Northwest, mostly living in coastal towns of Oregon and Washington. She has taught writing and literature to high school and college students, fourth graders, and senior citizens, and has been a writer-in-residence in the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest; she currently teaches at Gonzaga University. Maya’s poetry has won awards from Sycamore Review, New South, New Ohio Review, Dogwood, Florida Review and Crab Orchard Review; her first book, Rust Fish, was released in April 2011 from Lost Horse Press. Individual poems, prose pieces, and reviews appear in journals such as Bellingham Review, Pleiades, New Ohio Review, Cincinnati Review, and Rattle. In addition to writing, teaching, and now serving as Fiction Editor for Crab Creek Review, Maya co-directs the Beacon Hill Reading Series in Spokane, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and young son.
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