The 2017 Consequence Prize in Poetry
Selected by Danielle Legros Georges
Awarded to Esther Ra
for her poem
Esther Ra alternates between living in Seoul, South Korea, and Walla Walla, Washington. She is the editor-in-chief of the Freedom Songs Magazine, a literary magazine exploring themes of racial justice. Her work has been published in blue moon, and her upcoming novel, Tadpole Pond, has garnered a body of readers on the publishing platform Radish Fiction. She is deeply interested in grappling with the quiet beauty in the ordinary, the price of courage, and the space of ambiguity between different cultures.
“The poem’s wordless title signals a grappling with the very language that makes war known to us; the language with which we attempt to make sense of the seemingly senseless rifts delivered to our countries, homes, and selves. The speaker’s—and author’s—vulnerability and implication in the questions of voice and verity made this poem for me a keen and reverberating thing.”
~Danielle Legros Georges
Danielle Legros Georges was born in Haiti and raised in the United States. She is the author of two poetry collections, The Dear Remote Nearness of You (Barrow Street Press, 2016), winner of the New England Poetry Club’s 2016 Sheila Margaret Motton Book Prize, and Maroon (Curbstone Books, 2001). Her work has appeared in a wide variety of publications including Agni, The Boston Globe, Transition, World Literatue Today, The Carribean Writer, Callaloo, Ibbetson Street, Salamandar, Poesis, Black Renaissance Noire, MaComère, The American Poetry Review, and Consequence. She has received grants and fellowships from the Barbara Deming Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Black Metropolis Research Consortium. In 2014 Legros Georges was chosen as Boston’s Poet Laureate. She is a professor at Lesley University and lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
for “Dear Syria”
Mouminat Damer, author of On Tears & Regrets, is a first generation Arab-American graduate student obtaining an MFA in creative writing. She writes: “Growing up was a constant struggle because there was always an imbalance between my American and Middle-Eastern cultures. However, as I’ve grown older and embraced my creativity in writing, I found that I am able to bring light to a culture that is so often looked at negatively, and my creative writing, both poetry and short fiction, is my own way of helping invalidate common misrepresentations of my culture. As an Arab-American Muslim woman, I am a positive example that creative writing and all its emphases are valued, taught, and enhanced by the minorities of America. My writing explores middle-eastern history and culture by combining elements of longing, nationalism, family, and identity.”
Jennifer Jean’s debut poetry collection is The Fool (Big Table). Her poems have appeared in: Rattle Magazine, Waxwing Journal, Crab Creek Review, Denver Quarterly, Mud City Journal, Green Mountains Review, and more. She is Poetry Editor of The Mom Egg Review, Managing Editor of Talking Writing Magazine, and Co-director of Morning Garden Artists Retreats. Jennifer teaches Free2Write poetry workshops to trauma survivors and to sex-trafficking survivors.
Andrea (Andy) Young
Andy Young’s poetry collection All Night It Is Morning was published in 2014 by Diálogos Press. She teaches at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and is a writer for Heinemann Publishing. Her work has appeared recently in Voluble, storySouth, Radar, and is forthcoming in Women Rising: Resistance, Revolution, and Reform in the Arab Spring and Beyond (New York University Press).
The 2015 Consequence Prize in Poetry
Selected by Tom Sleigh
Awarded to JULIA WENDELL for her poem “A Beautiful Day to be Buried”
Julia Wendell’s most recent poetry collection is Take This Spoon published by Main Street Rag Press in 2014. She has been a Yaddo Fellow, a Bread Loaf Fellow, and a multiple Pushcart winner. Recent credits include Nimrod, Revolution John, and Prairie Schooner.
Finalists (in order of their selection)
ROBERT EVORY “Unmarked Grave”
Robert Evory is a Ph.D. candidate in Creative Writing at Western Michigan University where he is the Poetry Editor for Third Coast; he is also the Managing Editor and co-founder of The Poet’s Billow. In July of 2015 he was artist-in-residence at Gettysburg National Military Park. He earned an MFA from Syracuse University. His poetry is featured or is forthcoming in: Spillway, Spoon River Review, The Baltimore Review, Natural Bridge, The Fat City Review, Nashville Review, Wisconsin Review, Ghost Town, The Madison Review, Arroyo, Water~Stone Review, and elsewhere.
ALAN ELYSHEVITZ “Ampersand”
Alan Elyshevitz is a poet and short story writer from East Norriton, PA. His collection of stories, The Widows and Orphans Fund, was published by Stephen F. Austin State University Press. In addition, he has published three poetry chapbooks, most recently Imaginary Planet (Cervena Barva Press). He is a two-time recipient of a fellowship in fiction writing from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Currently he teaches writing at the Community College of Philadelphia.
YAEL HACOHEN “Identity Card”
Yael Hacohen is a candidate for an MFA in Poetry at New York University, where she is currently teaching as an Adjunct Instructor. She is an NYU Veterans Workshop Fellow and International Editor at Washington Square Review. Her poems appear or forthcoming in Bellevue Literary Review, Every Day Poets Magazine, Nine Lines, and many more. She served as a first lieutenant in the Israeli Army and currently serves in reserve duty.
Tom Sleigh is the author of ten books of poetry, including Army Cat, winner of the John Updike Award, and Space Walk which won the Kingsley Tufts Award. In addition, Far Side of the Earth won an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His new book, Station Zed, has just been published by Graywolf. He has also published a book of essays, Interview With a Ghost, and a translation of Euripides’ Herakles. Widely anthologized, his poems and prose appear in the leading literary magazines, as well as The Best of the Best American Poetry, The Best American Poetry, Best American Travel Writing, and The Pushcart Anthology. He is a Distinguished Professor in the MFA Program at Hunter College. During the last eight years, he has also worked as a journalist in Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Kenya, Iraq, and Libya.
The 2014 Consequence Prize in Poetry
Selected by Afaa Michael Weaver
Awarded to Javier Zamora for his poem I Don’t Want To Speak of “Don Chepe”
KYLE ADAMSON The Ghost Song of Justin Miller
KIMBERLY DIXON-MAYS Birthmark
SHANNON WARD Ugly September
2016 Consequence Magazine Poetry Prize Guidelines
Judge: To be announced.