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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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Poetry: migraineurs by Mae Ramirez

By Mae Ramirez | November 13, 2020

Mae Ramirez is a talent to watch—her “migraineurs” reaches into your scalp and pulls out a new name for god with each handful of hair. migraineurs momma pulls my hair so hard i can hear the world in misty shards…

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Poetry: Litany For Our Survival by Janiru Liyanage

By Janiru Liyanage | November 6, 2020

To survive is to make a dart of your own name, Janiru Liyanage argues. A thing to make the mouth bleed: survival. “unravel the thin parish of my mouth,” begs the Litany for Our Survival, “this whole gospel.”   Litany…

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Poetry: Self-Portrait as Personal Statement by Austin Tucker

By Austin Tucker | October 30, 2020

“I wanted to become brutish,” Austin Tucker’s speaker says, and in today’s chaotic reality, who is above disagreeing? Who is above, “Self-Portrait as a Personal Statement” seems to ask, reattaching themselves to life by whatever means necessary?   Self-Portrait as…

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Poetry: The Magic Dark by Grace H. Zhou

By Grace H. Zhou | October 23, 2020

Grace H. Zhou’s “magical dark” exists on the tension between the fairy tales we tell ourselves and the truth of how we treat our most vulnerable—”truth is a screw in the wood / of time,” she says, and she means…

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Poetry: Ars Poetica as Love Poem with Auto-Correct; or, Mission You by Perry Janes

By Perry Janes | October 16, 2020

Perry Janes reaches right into our technology-soaked bodies and unearths the flesh that aches for air, the “Fat tumor blooming below the shoulder/ that I kiss to keep well-loved / and benign.” A scroll, a techno-consummation manifesto lit by hundreds of individual…

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Poetry: MAJOR ARCANA IN THE AUTUMN-DARK by Megan Bontrager

By Megan Bontrager | October 9, 2020

We’re all aching for a poem of transformation to wash over the world—may Megan Bontrager’s “MAJOR ARCANA IN THE AUTHUMN-DARK” be it’s guide and proclaimer.   MAJOR ARCANA IN THE AUTUMN-DARK                  …

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Poetry: I Can’t Breathe: When They Come As They Must by Jonathan Andrew Pérez

By Jonathan Andrew Perez | October 2, 2020

Jonathan Andrew Pérez’s lates is a poem for “another hot summer.” With prophetic spirit, “When They Come as They Must” delivers a rallying call for the seething, the unheard. I Can’t Breathe: When They Come As They Must When they…

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