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2013 David Martinson – Meadowhawk Prize

We’re pleased to announce the winner of the 2013 David Martinson – Meadowhawk PrizePatches of Light by Chad Hanson.

Patches of Light, a collection of prose poems, covers a lot of ground, thematically and literally, with poems that move at ease across the High Plains, touching on subjects as various as the function of bird’s ears, an escaped lion, and listening to James Brown…a little bit of everything for everyone. Look for Patches of Light early next year.

Chad Hanson serves as Chairman of the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Casper College in Casper, Wyoming. His creative nonfiction titles include Swimming with Trout (University of New Mexico Press, 2007) and Trout Streams of the Heart (Truman State University Press, 2013).

Thanks to all the poets that submitted manuscripts this year; the number of superb submissions, made the reading enjoyable, yet made the choosing a difficult task. Thanks also to the Southeast Minnesota Arts Council for supporting this project.

Submissions for the 2014 David Martinson – Meadowhawk Prize will be accepted beginning March, 2014.

Scott King

e-books, Publication Announcement

Joyce Sutphen’s AFTER WORDS now available for iPad

Joyce Sutphen’s After Words is now available as an e-book. Please note that our e-books are hand-coded to ensure that the poetry, its lines and stanzas, display properly on the screen. This book is available for iPads at the iBookstore. And for other e-readers that use ePub format (almost all except Kindle) it can be purchased and downloaded from our online store at the link below:

After Words (ePub format)

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The Voice of the Poet Series

The books in The Voice of the Poet Series are intended as introductions to the work and voice of important midwest poets. Each book includes a select number of poems chosen to span or represent the poet’s range of work. Audio recordings of the poets reading these selections were made, and then embedded into the e-book format. Each book will also include an introductory essay and bibliography.

The first four books feature the poetry of Joyce Sutphen, Robert Hedin, Edith Rylander and Floyce Alexander. Expected release date for the first title, The Grand Piano by Floyce Alexander (introduction by Christopher Howell and afterword by Bill Tremblay) is November, 2013.

Here’s a little taste of what’s to come. Edith Rylander reading ‘The Circle’ from her book Dancing Back The Cranes (North Star Press, 1993):

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2013 Emergence Chapbook Series Winner

We’re pleased to announce the winner of the 2013 Emergence Chapbook Series PrizeEmpty-handed by Scott Lowery of Rollingstone, Minnesota. We received a number of very good submissions; Lowery’s chapbook was chosen for its voice and for its reverent treatment of place and labor.

A second manuscript was also accepted for publication, apart from the Emergence Series: The World Is Not Altogether Bad by Mike Hazard. This chapbook, a collection of poem portraits of interesting people by an arch-filmmaker, was simply too good to pass up.

Both poets will read from their chapbooks at the Anderson Center Holiday Celebration of the Arts in Red Wing on Saturday, December 7th.

Lastly, we want to extend a special thank you to everyone who submitted chapbooks and to the Southeast Minnesota Arts Council for supporting this project. We were amazed at the range and accomplishment of the entries; the future looks promising for Minnesota poetry. And, speaking of the future, we will begin accepting new manuscripts for the 2014 Emergence Chapbook Series Prize in March.

Scott King