Ross Gay’s incredible poem “Spoon” appears in his new poetry collection, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015). Listen to him read the poem here.
Judge Kiese Laymon has selected “Black (in) Time,” by John Murillo III, as the winner of Indiana Review’s inaugural Nonfiction Prize! Murillo’s piece will appear in the 2015 Summer issue of Indiana Review. We received hundreds of submissions of outstanding quality and variety. All work was read anonymously and closely by our editors. Thanks to all who submitted their work for consideration and made this year’s 2015 Nonfiction Prize possible.
2015 Indiana Review Nonfiction Prize Winner:
“Black (in) Time”
John Murillo III
Laymon has this to say about the winning piece: “I’ve never read an essay that so courageously and really out of necessity blended the mystery, ruthless joy and temporality of black life in this country. The piece moves in and out of music, dramatic scene, playwriting and buoyant social critique not effortlessly, but so, so effectively. It’s one of the most amazing pieces of prose I’ve read in the 21st century.
Congratulations also to our finalists, all of whom submitted excellent nonfiction for consideration in our inaugural nonfiction contest that made the final call a close and difficult one.
Nonfiction Prize Finalists:
Kendra Atleework, “Santa Cruz Blur”
Meilan Carter-Gilkey, “Carnival”
Chris Emslie, “Suffer Us to Famish”
Sari Fordham, “The Foreign Government Dances Back and Forth”
Hafeez Lakhani, “Big Enough”
Maurine Ogbaa, “Something Between Us”
Aaron Orbey, “Boy Problems”
Adrienne Perry, “A Dark and Simple Place”
Abel Shifferaw, “Untitled (Oscar, or Me, or Us)”
Don Stoll, “The Aspect of an Unknown Planet”
Jordan Thomas, “The Murder of Crows”
Our #IRPoetryPrize Exquisite Corpse is now closed–thank you to all who participated! We’ve enjoyed reading the lines you’ve come up with and seeing how much inspiration you got from that starting line. We’re still accepting submissions for our 2015 Poetry Prize, judged by Eduardo C. Corral, who wrote the line that started our Exquisite Corpse.
Important update! We have extended the deadline for our 2015 Poetry Prize to April 15th, 2015. You can find the guidelines and submit here.
You can read all of the responses on our Twitter, but here are some of our favorites!
Our 2015 Poetry Prize is underway! To celebrate, we’re going to play a little game of Exquisite Corpse on Twitter. Exquisite Corpse is a game of collaborative storytelling in which each player contributes one line of a poem at a time. On Twitter, the challenge will be keeping each line within 140 characters.
Here’s how it’ll work: We’ll post the first line of a poem, written by our very our Prize judge Eduardo Corral, on Twitter, with the hashtag #IRPoetryPrize. Then you, our lovely Twitter friends, will reply to that tweet with the next line of the poem, and the next contributor will respond with the next line, and so on. Remember to use the hashtag #IRPoetryPrize so that we know you’re participating!
We’ll retweet your responses, and the best lines will be posted right here on the Indiana Review blog!
So let’s make something. Check out Eduardo’s first line here!
D. Gilson’s essay, “On Faggot: an Etymology,” appeared in The Indiana Review issue 35.1 and was selected by John Jeremiah Sullivan as a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2014. Here’s an interview with Gilson in which he discusses his piece, touring Anne Hathaway’s cottage, what his essay so easily could have been, and what he pushed it toward instead.