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April 24, 2017

Today was a day that gave me a little hope. My second poetry manuscript, Of crow-flowers, nettles, daisies, and long purples, was named a semi-finalist for Tupelo Press’s Dorset Prize. Thank you to Jeffrey Levine, Publisher and Editor in Chief, and to Ilya Kaminsky, the contest judge, who said about the manuscript: “There is a kind of timeless longing in the lyricism of these poems, a kind of ‘desire to end / a life and the need to know how: a flower’s simple bliss.’ I admire this, and a kind of second sight, a knowing that ‘some things only speak sorrow by being pierced through.’” Congratulations to Jesse Lee Kercheval, who won the contest, and to all the finalists and semi-finalists! To read all of Ilya Kaminsky’s citations for the Dorset Prize, please visit this webpage: https://www.tupelopress.org/2017/04/24/tupelo-press-announces-2017-dorset-prize-winner/

March 12, 2017

“Amie,” a poem from My Dim Aviary about Fernande’s imagined adolescence, was featured on Verse Daily! Thank you to the editors for choosing it! It can be found here: http://www.versedaily.org/2017/amie.shtml

April 20, 2016

My Dim Aviary, my first book and the winner of the 2015 Hudson Prize, has just become available for presale through the Black Lawrence Press website. During the presale period, which lasts until the book’s publication in November, My Dim Aviary will be offered at a discount. If you would like to take advantage of the presale prices, please consider purchasing the book early at the following webpage:
http://www.blacklawrence.com/my-dim-aviary/

April, 2016

The Doll Collection was just published by Terrapin Books! It contains my poem “Because a Matryoshka Doll Is a Nest Made of Eggs,” alongside stellar poems from top-notch poets, all of which deal with aspects of dolls and doll-like life. Thank you, Diane Lockward, Publisher!
http://www.terrapinbooks.com/the-doll-collection.html

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March 28, 2016

This was a day I received really good news! My first short story, “Girl Inside a Raindrop” was accepted for publication in the Translucent Issue of the Fairy Tale Review. This story forms the basis of the novel I am working on, a novel which focuses on the relationships a five-year-old girl named Lily has with her grandparents and with a ghost who roams the earth as a religious mystic. The acceptance of the short story by a journal I greatly admire gives me hope for the larger project. Thank you so much, Joel Hans, Prose Editor, and Kate Bernheimer, Founder and Editor!

 

January 19, 2016

My poem “Because a Matryoshka Doll Is a Nest Made of Eggs” is a lucky poem. It currently appears in the Winter 2016 Issue of The Adroit Journal (thank you to Peter LaBerge, Editor-in Chief!) and it is soon to appear, in slightly amended form, in The Doll Collection, forthcoming from Terrapin Books this spring (thank you to Diane Lockward, Publisher!). Websites for The Adroit Journal’s Winter 2016 Issue and Terrapin Books’ The Doll Collection can be found here:
http://www.theadroitjournal.org/issue-fourteen
http://www.terrapinbooks.com/the-doll-collection.html

August 26, 2015

So very, very happy! Thank you to Diane Goettel of Black Lawrence Press for choosing My Dim Aviary as the winner of the 2015 Hudson Prize! I am honored and grateful and humbled more than I have words to say! And congratulations to Claudia Cortese, Jenny Irish, and Michelle S. Reed, whose manuscripts were also chosen for publication! The announcement can be found here: http://www.blacklawrence.com/the-2015-hudson-prize-winner-announced/

August 26, 2015

Thank you to Kristy Bowen of dancing girl press for selecting my chapbook Ophelia for publication in 2016!

July 11, 2015

I have been retitling My Dim Aviary. It is now sometimes called A Woman of Water. This version of the manuscript was chosen as one of three finalists for the To the Lighthouse Poetry Book Prize from A Room of Her Own Foundation. Thank you to Tracey Cravens-Gras and the other editors! And congratulations to t’ai freedom ford, whose manuscript was selected as the winner.

June 30, 2015

My Dim Aviary was chosen as a finalist for the Hudson Prize at Black Lawrence Press. Thank you to Diane Goettel, Executive Editor! And congratulations to all of the other finalists and semi-finalists; their names can be found here:http://www.blacklawrence.com/the-2015-hudson-prize-finalists-semi-finalists/

June 25, 2015

My manuscript titled My Dim Aviary was chosen as a semi-finalist for the Saturnalia Books Poetry Contest. Thank you to Henry Israeli, President of the press! And congratulations to the other semi-finalists and finalists and to Robert Ostrom, whose manuscript won the contest.

January 8, 2015

My Dim Aviary was chosen as a finalist for the St. Lawrence Book Award from Black Lawrence Press. Thank you to Diane Goettel, Executive Editor, and congratulations to the other finalists and semi-finalists.

December 10, 2014

“A Respite from the Ice of Self-rendering,” one of my new sonnets, was selected as a finalist for the Mary C. Mohr Award from The Southern Indiana Review and will be published in fall 2015 or spring 2016. Thank you to Ron Mitchell, Editor, and congratulations to the other finalists and to Mark Wagenaar, who won the prize.

September 28, 2014

My manuscript titled My Dim Aviary was chosen as a finalist for the Crab Orchard Series First Book Award. Thank you to Jon Tribble, the Series Editor, and congratulations to Gregory Kimbrell who won the competition and to all the other finalists and semi-finalists.

September 22, 2014

My manuscript titled My Dim Aviary was chosen as a finalist for the Hudson Prize at Black Lawrence Press. Thank you, Diane Goettel, Executive Editor! And congratulations to all of the other finalists and semi-finalists; a list of their names can be found here:
http://www.blacklawrence.com/hudson-prize-finalists-announced-2/

August 22, 2014

Laura Madeline Wiseman interviewed me about my two chapbooks. The interview was posted for the week beginning August 22, 2014 and is available on her website at:
http://www.lauramadelinewiseman.com/blog/2014/08/22/the-chapbook-interview-with-gillian-cummings-on-deep-inner-silence/
Thank you, Madeline!