HOBOKEN, NJ (November 18, 2010) Poets Wear Prada announces its 6 nominees for the 35th Annual Pushcart Prize, the coveted award for the best of the best published by small presses. Each fall, nominations for the Pushcart Prize are made by little magazine and small book press editors (print or online). Each editor may make up to six nominations from their year’s publications by the December 1, (postmark) deadline. Nominations can include a poem, short story, essay or a chapter from a novel, or any "literary whatnot." Translations, reprints and both traditional and experimental writing are also welcomed. The best from these nominations are selected by Bill Henderson and the other Pushcart Press editors for inclusion in the annual print anthology distributed by W. W. Norton, published every year since 1976.
The six nominees and their submitted works in order of their release are as follows:
“The Drop” by Austin Alexis from his chapbook For Lincoln: & Other Poems (Poets Wear Prada, March 2010), a varied collection of poetic portraits -- famous & unknown -- artists, US Presidents, street people, commuters and family members -- selected as a Small Press Review Pick this past June. Poets Wear Prada published his previous chapbook LOVERS AND DRAG QUEENS in 2007. This is his second Pushcart nomination by the press.
"Guitar” by Joel Allegretti from his chapbook Thrum: Poems (Poets Wear Prada, March 2010), a pop-culture and trivia infused collection of 22 prose poems and essays about "chordophones" or string musical instruments. “Guitar” was previously published in Porcupine.
“Chores” by the widely traveled and a dedicated outdoors man Gene Auprey from his chapbook Dead Reckoning: Poems (Poets Wear Prada, April 2010), a 50-page collection of memoiristic poems set in rural Maine and written in colloquial New Englandese.
“Girl” by Tantra-zawadi, the award winning Brooklyn poet/artist/filmmaker from her chapbook Gathered at Her Sky: Life Poems (Poets Wear Prada, June 2010), containing contains excerpts from her off-Broadway production SOLDIER BLUES, and her one-woman performance piece GIRL: A CHOREOSPECTIVE, as well as the text of previously recorded spoken word tracks. “Girl” also appeared in the publication Poetry in Purple as part of Downstate Medical Center’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October 2009.
“Exit 14” by New Jersey Actress and Wordrocker Cyndi Dawson from her chapbook Outside Girl (Poets Wear Prada, June 2010), focusing on the author’s behind-the-scene experiences and reflections on her “coming of age” during the punk rock ’80s in New York and New Jersey.
“At the Kotel” by Philadelphia native and retired speech therapist B.E. Kahn from her chapbook Landscapes of Light: Poems (October, Poets Wear Prada, 2010), tracking her spiritual journey while traveling from Greece to Israel.
Poets Wear Prada, a small literary press based in Hoboken, New Jersey, was founded in October of 2006 to develop and promote new and established narrative and lyrical poets. Some of the poets previously published and nominated by the press include Iris Berman, Carol Wierzbicki, Michael Montlack, Susan Maurer, Erik La Prade, Gil Fagiani, Bob Heman, Maria Lisella and Laura Vookles. Poets Wear Prada blogs at http://pwpbooks.blogspot.com/. Most of their titles are available at Amazon.com.