Switchback Books is thrilled to announce the upcoming publication of two books of poetry.
Principles of Economics by Kristen Case is the winner of the 2017 Gatewood Prize, selected by judge Heather Christle. The contest runner-up, Grand Marronage by Irène Mathieu, will be published as an Editor’s Choice selection.
Thank you to everyone who submitted manuscripts to this year’s contest. We are honored to read your work. Congratulations also to our finalists and semi-finalists, selected by the editors:
Nikia Chaney, akhi
Ines Pujos, Lilly of the Valley
Gale Thompson, Expeditions to the Polar Seas
Laura Wetherington, Parallel Resting Places
Isabel Sobral Campos, Surrogate Language
Liz Chereskin, weather/report
Stella Corso, TEDIUM
Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, The Many Names for Mother
Caridad Moro, Tortillera
Mehrnoosh Torbatnejad, So I Waited
Elizabeth Clark Wessel, Sticks
Judge Heather Christle’s remarks on Principles of Economics:
Principles of Economics
marks the movement of a body in consciousness, in love, in illness, and
in grief. It explores how, in measured language, one might attempt to
measure time and all its strange work. Arranged in glinting layers of
associative and disjunctive lines, these poems are a quiet thrill.
Reading them, I feel a simultaneous calmness and excitement. I trust
that this poet's bright mind knows just where to lead me, am happily
surprised at each new place it goes.
Judge Heather Christle’s remarks on Grand Marronage:
is a remarkable book, resolved to regard the difficulties and beauties
of the past and present, to acknowledge the forces that would seek to
control how both are seen, and to find the strength of its own steady
gaze. These poems have a wild and courageous openness, full of
intelligence and heart. The poet records "the dual wishes for her
children to / write their own and to remember / the names of every
ancestor before.” Grand Marronage makes a space where those wishes can breathe and grow.