February 28, 2017
We are pleased to announce that the winner of the Alice James Award is Mia Malhotra of San Mateo, California, for her manuscript, When I See You Again, It Will Be with a Different Face. She will receive $2,000 and her collection will be published in April 2019, as well as an additional $1,000 honorarium to give a reading at the University of Maine at Farmington. The Editorial Board has chosen one additional manuscript for publication, as Editor’s Choice: Elegy with a Bicycle in a Ransacked City by Andrés Cerpa of Staten Island, New York. His collection will be published in January 2019 and he will receive $1,000.
Mia Ayumi Malhotra is a Kundiman Fellow, and her poems have appeared in Greensboro Review, Drunken Boat, Best New Poets, and DISMANTLE: An Anthology of Writing from the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop. She received her MFA from the University of Washington and is a founding editor of Lantern Review. Currently, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two daughters.
Andrés Cerpa was raised in Staten Island, New York. He holds degrees from the University of Delaware and Rutgers University Newark. A recipient of a fellowship from the McDowell Colony and a scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, The Cider Press Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Bellevue Literary Review, Devil’s Lake, Perigee, RHINO and West Branch.
Finalists for the award were: Dear Terror, Dear Splendor by Melissa Crowe, Pine by Julia Koets, One God at a Time by Meghan Privitello, Miracle Marks by Purvi Shah, Some are Always Hungry by Jihyun Yun, and Galaxy Inside Your Inadequately Small Heart by Felicia Zamora.
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!