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Announcing Our 2016 Poetry Prize Winner!

We are proud to announce that judge Camille Rankine has selected “His Father’s Wake” by Alicia Wright as the winner of Indiana Review‘s 2016 Poetry Prize! Thank you to everyone who submitted their work for consideration and made this year’s Prize possible. “His Father’s Wake” will appear in our Winter 2016 Issue.

2016 Poetry Prize Winner:

“His Father’s Wake”
Alicia Wright

Camille Rankine says about the winning piece: “What strikes me first about ‘His Father’s Wake’ is the unmoored energy of it. The phrases drift and crash into one another. They collide, they ricochet and spin away. These movements make a voice that is both wild and deliberate, steady and reckless in turn. The effect is captivating. I feel each shift and slow and quickening in my breath, in my heart’s beat.”


“Witch Questions the So-Called Higher Power” by Annah Browning

“Abduction” by Cara Dees

“Kaleidoscope” by Rochelle Hurt

“The First Year We Lived Underground” by Anna Leigh Knowles

“Self Portrait as Siren, as Fig” by Clare Paniccia

“To Body for its Apertures” by Avia Tadmor

“Hibernation” by Talin Tahajian

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Interview with 2016 Blue Light Reader Elizabeth Eslami

Indiana Review is getting ready for the annual Blue Light Reading–where we have the great honor of inviting three readers to not only share their work but also conduct a workshop, open to all. We are proud to have Elizabeth Eslami as one of our readers this year. In this interview, she discusses her short-story collection Hibernate, her Blue Light Workshop theme, and some advice for all writers.


Elizabeth Eslami is the author of the story collection, Hibernate (The Ohio State University Press, 2014), Author Photo Elizabeth Eslamifor which she was awarded the Ohio State University Prize in Short Fiction, and the novel Bone Worship (Pegasus, 2010). Her essays, short stories, and travel writing have appeared most recently in The Sun and Witness, and her work is featured in the anthologies Tremors: New Fiction By Iranian American Writers, The Weeklings: Revolution 1, and Writing Off Script: Writers on the Influence of Cinema.

She currently teaches creative writing at Indiana University.


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Interview with 2015 Poetry Prize Winner Caitlin Scarano

While getting ready to submit to our 2016 Poetry Prize judged by Camille Rankine, read our interview with Caitlin Scarano, the 2015 Poetry Prize winner selected by Eduardo C. Corral. Here, Scarano discusses her inspiration for her winning poem “Between the Bloodhounds and My Shrinking Mouth,” collections that move her, and her best tips for contest submitters.


Caitlin Scarano is a poet in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee PhD creative writing program. She was a finalist for the 2014 Best of the Net Anthology. She has two poetry chapbooks. Her recent work can be found or is forthcoming in Granta, Ninth Letter, and Colorado Review. This winter, she will be an artist in residence at the Hinge Arts Residency program in Fergus Falls and the Artsmith’s 2016 Artist Residency on Orcas Island.


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IR Editors’ Poetry Wish List!


Winter is coming, and 2015 is winding down. For us, that means submissions are closed, and we have the honor to read the deluge of great poetry sent our way. Selecting work is no easy task. And in the spirit of the upcoming holidays and the upcoming 2016 Poetry Prize judged by Camille Rankine, three MFA Poetry Candidates on Indiana Review’s staff weigh in on what they value–and what they might want to see in the poems that make them want to say Yes!

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Listen to Megan Peak Read “The First Book”


Megan Peak’s poem, “The First Book,” appears in our Summer 2015 issue, Indiana Review 37.1.

Listen to her read ” The First Book” here.



Megan Peak holds an M.F.A. from The Ohio State University. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Blackbird, Cimarron Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Linebreak, Muzzle, North American Review, Pleiades, Ploughshares, and Valparaiso Poetry Review. Her manuscript was a finalist in the 2015 Levis Prize in Poetry at Four Way Books.