2011 Nightboat Poetry Prize Winner
Nightboat Books is delighted to announce the winner of the 8th annual Nightboat Poetry Prize competition: Christina Davis of Cambridge, Massachusetts, whose manuscript An Ethic: a Collection of Poems was selected by Forrest Gander. She will receive the $1,000 prize in addition to the publication of her book by Nightboat Books in April 2013.
The press’s editors also selected Monkeys, Minor Planet, Average Star by Gracie Leavitt of Brooklyn, New York, as the runner-up in the competition; her manuscript will be published by Nightboat Books in February 2014.
Christina Davis is the author of Forth A Raven (2006). Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, jubilat, Pleiades, Paris Review and other publications. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Oxford University, she is the recipient of the Witter Bynner Award from the Library of Congress, selected by U.S. poet laureate Kay Ryan, and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the James Merrill House, and the American Academy in Rome. She currently serves as curator of the Woodberry Poetry Room, Harvard University.
In his citation for the prize, Gander writes, “Here is a book that has flapped up out of the startled dark of a parent’s death. Into the moment of recognition of a life apart. A part of life. The syntax, precise and probing, repeatedly extends beyond only apparent completions, beyond easy finalities, into an always unforeseen. As though a living hand were reaching out of the poem and—.”
The deadline for the 9th annual Nightboat Books Poetry Prize will October 1, 2012. This year’s judge will be Nightboat’s co-founder, Kazim Ali.