February 26, 2016
We are pleased to announce that the winner of the Alice James Award is Anna Rose Welch of Erie, Pennsylvania, for her manuscript, Noah’s Woods. She will receive $2,000 and her collection will be published in April 2018. The Editorial Board has chosen one additional manuscript for publication, as Editor’s Choice: Some Say the Lark by Jennifer Chang of Washington D.C. Her collection will be published in October 2017 and she will receive $1,000.
Anna Rose Welch is a violinist and editor in Erie, PA. She holds an MFA from Bowling Green State University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best New Poets 2014, The Kenyon Review Online, Guernica, Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly, Crab Orchard Review, Barrow Street, The Paris-American, Tupelo Quarterly, The Journal, and other publications.
Jennifer Chang is the author of The History of Anonymity, which was a finalist for the Glasgow/Shenandoah Prize for Emerging Writers and listed by Hyphen Magazine as a Top Five Book of Poetry for 2008. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry 2012, The Nation, Poetry, A Public Space, and elsewhere. She is an assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at George Washington University and lives in Washington, DC with her family.
Finalists for the award were: Hypocrite Shoe by Ryan Black, Huge Cloudy by Bill Carty, The Last Will and Testament of Said Gun by Andrew Grace, Inland Empire by Leah Huizar, Almost Animal by Didi Jackson, The Engineers by Katy Lederer, When I See You Again, It Will Be with a Different Face by Mia Malhotra, and What Monsters You Make of Them by Christian Teresi.
Thank you everyone who submitted their manuscript to this year’s award. We’re grateful for the interest in and support of Alice James Books. Best of luck with your writing!