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What My Last Man Did by Andrea Lewis: Excerpts Part 2

What My Last Man Did won the Indiana Review / IU Press 2016 Blue Light Books Prize and is forthcoming from IU Press in March 2017. Read excerpts from two of Andrea’s stories below, and pre-order your copy of What My Last Man Did 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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Announcing the 2016 Fiction Prize winner!

We are excited to announce that judge Aimee Bender has selected “Nothing Before Something” by Kimberly King Parsons as the winner of Indiana Review’s 2016 Fiction Prize! Thank you to everyone who submitted their work and made this year’s prize possible. “Nothing Before Something” will appear in our Winter 2017 issue.

2016 Fiction Prize Winner:

“Nothing Before Something” by Kimberly King Parsons

Aimee Bender says about the winning piece: “This was a tough decision; there were a lot of very fine stories in the mix here. I picked “Nothing Before Something” as the winner because it kept pulling me to it, pulling me in. Even if I tried to read fast, the natural movement of the narration forced me to slow down, and, paradoxically, there was urgency behind the sentences that created part of this slowing, a drive in Sheila that connects to emotional power. A lot of this is that elusive thing–voice. The author clearly knows how to make sentences that are unique, but that distinctiveness is all in the service of giving us a person, this Sheila, in a moment of her life, driven toward Tim as she negotiates the world of suffering—her own, and that of others, too. Basically, I just read along happily and I would’ve happily read more. There’s even a slightly sprawly messy feeling here too which seems hopeful to me, like this writer can keep trying stuff out and trusting the power of voice and valuing where it naturally leads. Readers are in for a real treat.”

Finalists

“Cowbirds” by Kristen Arnett

“Liam and the Head” by Courtney Bird

“In the Skin” by Katie Flynn

“The Ninki-nanka” by Ah-reum Han

“House of Locks and Doors” by Micah Dean Hicks

“Everything Shined” by Maggie O’Brien

“The Keener” by Eric Schlich

“The Floating Fat Woman” by Chelsea Sutton

“Heaven for Your Full Lungs” by David E. Yee

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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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