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The 2020 Award for New Poets, 1st Place Winner: South Side by Taylor Byas

By Taylor Byas | January 20, 2021

We’re all very excited to share with you the 1st Place Winner of the 2020 Award for New Poets, selected by the stellar emerging poets Jake Skeets, Camonghne Felix, and Paige Lewis. Please enjoy this stunner by the incredbily talented…

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Poetry: Brother by Steven Sanchez

By Steven Sanchez | January 15, 2021

Steven Sanchez’s new work pleads with love—for preservation, for family. “Brother” plays a melancholy song, mudcracked and wilting, but not one without hope, or without beauty. The poem seeks the place inside us where the cool water of sibling love…

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The 2020 Award for New Poets, 2nd Place Winner: ON THE THING I CANNOT EXPLAIN TO MY HUSBAND by Samantha Samakande

By Frontier Poetry | January 13, 2021

We’re all very excited to share with you the winners of the 2020 Award for New Poets, selected by the stellar emerging poets Jake Skeets, Camonghne Felix, and Paige Lewis. Today, we have second place winner by Samantha Samakande. Stay…

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Poetry: Frida Kahlo, The Little Deer, 1946 by Gabriella R. Tallmadge

By Gabriella R. Tallmadge | January 8, 2021

Gabriella R. Tallmadge’s newest work is in conversation with the 1946 work by Frida Kahlo—a devastating piece of artistry. Today’s poem dives into those arrow-fetched wounds, “what wreckage,” Gabriella finds, “such freedom.” Frida Kahlo, The Little Deer, 1946    

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The 2020 Award for New Poets, 3rd Place Winner: The Body Walks Through Grief Towards God by Nome Emeka Patrick

By Nome Emeka Patrick | January 7, 2021

We’re all very excited to share with you the winners of the 2020 Award for New Poets, selected by the stellar emerging poets Jake Skeets, Camonghne Felix, and Paige Lewis. Today, we have “The Body Walks Through Grief Towards God”…

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Poetry: collards by Ashia Ajani

By Ashia Ajani | December 11, 2020

An ode to the “brine and whimsy” of cooked greens, Ashia Ajani’s new poem reaches for the belly, for fullness. When so many understand the ache of literal emptiness, what else should poetry be about? collards The pot stays on.…

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Poetry: Palindrome by Isabella Piedad Escamilla

By Isabella Piedad Escamilla | December 4, 2020

At the center of our dying is a “Palindrome,” Isabella Piedad Escamilla’s new poem argues, a creature within a creature. With gothic urgency, the work wants to see what’s crawling around inside your body. Palindrome A squirrel passing through a…

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The 2020 Industry Prize, 1st Place Winner: The Long Afterlife by Michelle Phuong Ting

By Michelle Phuong Ting | December 3, 2020

So excited to share with you the 1st place winner of the 2020 Frontier Industry Prize, selected by Daniel Slager, Peter LaBerge, and Carmen Giménez Smith! Please enjoy this stunner by Michelle Phương Ting, who takes home the $3000 prize.…

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The 2020 Industry Prize, 2nd Place Winner: While I Walk, My Brother Assures My Nephew There Are Wildflowers Growing in Minneapolis by Chaun Ballard

By Chaun Ballard | November 25, 2020

We’re all very excited to share with you the winners of the 2020 Frontier Industry Prize, selected by Daniel Slager, Peter LaBerge, and Carmen Giménez Smith. Today, we have a new poem by Chaun Ballard. Stay tuned for our winner…

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The 2020 Industry Prize, 3rd Place Winner: Bad Dream With My Grandmother’s Stroke by Adedayo Agarau

By Adedayo Agarau | November 18, 2020

We’re all very excited to share with you the winners of the 2020 Frontier Industry Prize, selected by Daniel Slager, Peter LaBerge, and Carmen Giménez Smith. Today, we have “Bad Dream with My Grandmother’s Stroke” by Adedayo Agarau. Stay tuned…

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