Posts Categorized: Blue Light Books

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Interview with 2017 Blue Light Reader Andrea Lewis

Andrea Lewis’s short story collection What My Last Man Did won the Indiana Review / IU Press 2016 Blue Light Books Prize (IU Press 2017), and will be launching this Saturday at the Blue Light Reading! In this interview, she discusses research, place, music, and how she knew What My Last Man Did was ready to submit. Be sure to read excerpts of Andrea’s prize-winning collection, and order your copy from IU Press today!

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Andrea Lewis’s work has appeared in many literary journals, including Prairie Schooner, Cutthroat, Cold Mountain Review, and Catamaran Literary Reader. Three of her stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is a founding member of Richard Hugo House, the place for writers in Seattle. She lives with her husband on Vashon Island, Washington. More of her work is available at www.andrealewis.org.

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2017 Blue Light Books Twitter Contest Winner!

Indiana Review is proud to announce the winner of our 2017 #BLB2017 Haiku Twitter Contest! We received numerous haikus, and after careful deliberation we chose one winner who will receive an IR prize pack and free entry to our 2017 Blue Light Books Prize!

Join us in congratulating the winner, Mike Ponta!

 

 

 

 

Two runner-ups, Anna and Dan, will receive IR prize packs and Twitter love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to all the participants! Be sure ready your best poetry manuscripts and submit to our 2017 Blue Light Books Prize by February 15, 2017!

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2017 Blue Light Books Prize Twitter Contest!

In honor of Indiana Review’s 2017 Blue Light Books Prize, we are announcing a new Twitter Contest!

Starting today, tweet us a well-crafted haiku using the hashtag #BLB2017. There is only one rule: the haiku must contain the word “blue.” If you’re unfamiliar with the form, a haiku is a three-line poem with the syllable pattern, 5/7/5. Please separate your lines by using a slash.

Some example Haikus are:

@IndianaReview: Rising from winter / these bodies frostbitten blue / spring melt runs down limbs #BLB2017

@IndianaReview: I live under blue / and a cold Juniper tree / and it shakes me here #BLB2017

@IndianaReview: They’re all different blues / these oceans of foaming froth / tranquility here #BLB2017

The winner with the best blue haiku will receive a free entry to the prize and an IR Prize Pack. Remember to use the hashtag #BLB2017. Follow us at @IndianaReview to see updates on this contest and more.

Deadline for the Twitter Contest is January 15, 2017 at 12 PM EST.

If you want to learn more about our 2017 Blue Light Books Prize with final judge, Ross Gay, or if you would like to submit your poetry collection, follow the link: https://indianareview.org/blue-light-books/

 

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Interview with Ross Gay, 2017 Blue Light Books Prize Judge

We are proud to have Indiana University Director of Creative Writing and long-time supporter of Indiana Review Ross Gay judge the 2017 IR/IU Press Blue Light Books Prize. While preparing your poetry manuscripts, read his interview where he discusses when he knows a poem is finished, writing as conversation, love, and what he might be looking for in the winning poetry collection.

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Ross Gay is the author of three books: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; and Catalog of Unabashedrossgay1 Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude is currently a nominee for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. Catalog was also a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, the Ohioana Book Award, the Balcones Poetry Prize, and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award.

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IR Staff Tells All: Poetry Collections We’re Thankful For

IR is proud to be partnering again with IU Press to award our second annual Blue Light Books Prize, this time to an outstanding poetry collection! Submissions open December 1, 2016. Check out our guidelines for more details.

In preparation for Blue Light Books submissions, IR staff and MFA students in the Indiana University Creative Writing Program reflected on the poetry collections they’re most thankful for this holiday season. Think of these collections as our blue lights through clouded times.

Be sure to check out our Blue Light Books Prize tableau on our Instagram page.

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