The Frost Place Chapbook Winner Announcement
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The Frost Place and Bull City Press are pleased to announce that the winner of the
2014 Frost Place Chapbook Contest Sponsored
by Bull City Press is
The Greenhouse by Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet.
Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet’s Tulips, Water, Ash was selected for the Morse Poetry Prize and published by University Press of New England. Her poems have been awarded a Javits fellowship and a Phelan Award, and have appeared in journals including Cream City Review, At Length, Quarterly West, Blackbird, The Iowa Review, 32 Poems, and Third Coast and in the anthologies Best New Poets and The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry
The Greenhouse will be published in summer 2014.  Stonestreet will attend the 2014 Frost Place Poetry Seminar, directed by Patrick Donnelly, as the Frost Place Chapbook Fellow.  She will have the opportunity for a one week writing residency in historic home of Robert Frost. The Frost Place Museum  is a “house museum” and sanctuary for lovers of poetry and books, on a quiet north country lane with a spectacular view of the White Mountains. Robert Frost lived and wrote some of his most famous poems there.
CHARGE by Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet
 
 
1.
 
Nine-volt coppertop. Stolen from the box under the counter
at my father’s store, dug in like a secret (like the cigarette
 
the summer before) under the oleander in the backyard.
Put it to my tongue, polar distance
 
collapsed to half, half again:                                sharp star
 
in its leap past physics, alkaline arc                      of toward.
 
 
 
2.
 
(When the giant sacrifices himself for the boy)
                                                                                  (and on the screen
 
the men marching toward him     all the pieces
                                                                                   falling from his metal body
steaming in the snow)
 
 
When the giant sacrifices himself for the boy, the boy
 
at my side is lifted for a moment,
                                                          filled with air, the intake, the stop-
gasp held aloft, no sound:
                                              the shock at the top of the arc, the drop—
 
and only then, on the way down, opens into sob: hard water
wrung from a knot. All the pieces
                                                          falling.
 
 
 
Small hot forehead pressed to my chest. Animal exposed in the storm.
 
Knows himself then, knows himself to want more.
 David Baker, judge, says of Lisa's manuscript:

"Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet’s collection, The Greenhouse, asserted itself from the first reading for its interplay of restlessness and patience, its mapping of an interiority both shared and dearly personal, and for its lyric and maternal primacy.  Primacy is the circumstance, yet doubleness is the story of The Greenhouse, a double birth.  The triggering narrative of these fabulous poems traces the coming-into-life first months of Stonestreet’s infant son and the elemental onset of “memory without language . . . / no name, no category.  Milk. // The present nudging at the shore.”  But an ever more engaging, intense tale follows a second birth:  the coming-back-to-words of Stonestreet herself, at once “tethered to the tug on the other end” while also struggling to remember and reclaim—even reinvent—her autonomous self:  “a good test-taker.  Conversationalist. / Raised to please. Born to run.”  At first tentative, hesitant, even self-doubting (“almost guaranteed you will find / it boring / (domestic) (female) (too much) (too little, too small)”), the voice tutors itself in how to return to the social world where she was once so proficient and adept.  It’s the very nature and identity of the self that has changed in the process of mothering—a process so primal and singular, yet so equally mundane (“Millions / of babies, of mothers, millions more jars // flowing from the conveyor belt”).  Throughout this brilliant collection, Stonestreet’s curiosities and honesties are bracing and true, as she chides and nurtures, studies and entreats, meditates, amuses, and sings, even if it’s just “one song when all the rest have fled from memory.”  The poems of The Greenhouse are profound, fundamental works, born of a deep interiority and making their intricate ways, phrase by phrase, toward a design both organic and artful." --David Baker

In addition to The Greenhouse, selected by David Baker, the editors at Bull City Press chose Beneath the Ice Fish Souls Look Alike, a 2014 chapbook competition entry, by Emilia Phillips for publication.

The following manuscripts were finalists in this year's competition:
  • No Freedom, by Dan Albergotti of Conway, South Carolina
  • Passenger, by Jeremy Bass of Brooklyn, New York
  • El Camino and Other Poems, by Mark Jay Brewin, Jr. of Burlington, North Carolina
  • The Vishnu Bird, by Kathryn Stripling Byer of Cullowhee, North Carolina
  • Every Last Thing, by Matt Donovan of Sante Fe, New Mexico
  • History, by Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr. of New York, New York
  • No Lore, No Mutiny, by Autumn McClintock of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • And the Stars from the Sky Are Ripped, by Winnona Elson Pasquini of Tampa, Florida
  • Like Shining from Shook Foil, by Christian Teresi of Arlington, Virginia
  • From Bone, by Anna Welch of Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Elsa, by Angela Veronica Wong of Buffalo, New York
This year's contest featured a significant number of worthy manuscripts.  Bull City Press and The Frost Place thank all of the authors who submitted their work for consideration. 

The submission period for the 2015 Frost Place Chapbook Contest Sponsored by Bull City Press will be Oct. 1, 2014 - Dec. 31, 2014.
David Baker is the author of ten books of poems:  Never-Ending Birds (2009); Treatise on Touch: Selected Poems (2007, UK), Midwest Eclogue (2005), Changeable Thunder (2001), The Truth about Small Towns (1998), After the Reunion (1994), Sweet Home, Saturday Night (1991), Haunts (1985), Laws of the Land (1981), and Omul Alchimic, a selection of his poems translated into Romanian by C. Tanasescu and published by Vinea Press in Bucharest (2009).  His four books of prose about poetry are Talk Poetry: Poems and Interviews with Nine American Poets (2012), Radiant Lyre: Essays on Lyric Poetry (2007), Heresy and the Ideal: Essays on Contemporary Poetry (2000) and Meter in English: A Critical Engagement (1996).  Among his awards are fellowships and prizes from the Theodore Roethke Memorial Foundation, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Mellon Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, Poetry Society of America, Society of Midland Authors, and the Pushcart Foundation.  His poems and essays appear in such magazines as The American Poetry Review, The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, The Yale Review, and many others.  
2013 Frost Place Chapbook Fellow Jill Osier's manuscript Should Our Undoing Come Down Upon Us White, was printed by Bull City Press in summer 2013.  For more information on Jill click here, and purchase her chapbook here

Jill Osier is the author of a letterpress chapbook, Bedful of Nebraskas (Sunnyoutside Press).  Her work has been awarded the 2013 Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and the Campbell Corner Poetry Prize. Originally from northeast Iowa, she lives in Fairbanks, Alaska.
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more information on all three poetry programs and applications.
 
The 2014 Frost Place Poetry Program Faculty

Conference on Poetry and Teaching
Director
Dawn Potter

Associate Director
Teresa Carson 

Faculty
Meg Kearney, Iain Haley Pollock

Fellow
Alyssa Kelly

Teachers As Writers
Workshop Leader
Baron Wormser

Conference on Poetry

Director & Faculty Member 
Martha Rhodes

Faculty 
Vievee Francis, Rodney Jones,
Matthew Olzmann, Ellen Doré Watson

Poetry Fellows
Jamaal May & Jay Baron Nicorvo

Poetry Seminar

Director & Faculty Member
Patrick Donnelly
 
Faculty
Jennifer Grotz, Afaa Michael Weaver

It is going to be an excellent summer in 2014!


 
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