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Remembering Jack Garner

BOA mourns the passing of former board member and longtime arts advocate Jack Garner. For those in our hometown of Rochester, NY, Jack was an iconic figure whose movie reviews and arts coverage in the Democrat and Chronicle were a lively mix of information, history, and great writing. Jack was also a visible figure around town, appearing regularly at concerts, galleries, readings, talks, and various celebrations of the arts. With his booming voice and stately (6’9”) presence, Jack was the perfect emcee for introducing poets at BOA’s annual Dine & Rhyme fundraiser, musical acts at the Rochester International Jazz Festival,...

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Black Lives Matter

BOA is committed to the long road of anti-racism and fighting oppression in all its systemic forms. We condemn the brutal murder of George Floyd by police officers. We condemn the brutal murder of Manuel Ellis by police officers. We condemn the brutal murder of Breonna Taylor by police officers. We condemn the brutal murder of Dominique Clayton by police officers. We condemn the brutal murder of Atatiana Jefferson by police officers. We condemn the brutal murder of Ahmaud Arbery by racists with guns. We condemn the brutal hate-filled murder of Nina Pop and the violence inflicted specifically upon Black...

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Aimee Nezhukumatathil will judge the 20th Poulin Prize

As we get ready to wrap-up National Poetry Month, BOA is excited to announce that renowned poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil will judge the 20th annual A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, which will open for submissions on August 1! Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of four books of poetry, most recently, Oceanic (Copper Canyon Press), winner of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award. Other awards for her writing include the Pushcart Prize, fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Mississippi Arts Council, and The MacDowell Colony. Her writing appears in...

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Justin Jannise wins 19th annual A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize

Rochester, NY—BOA Editions, Ltd. is excited to announce that Justin Jannise of Houston, TX, is the winner of the 19th annual A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. His winning manuscript, How to Be Better by Being Worse, was selected by esteemed poet Richard Blanco from an original pool of more than 700 submissions. How to Be Better by Being Worse will be published by BOA Editions in April 2021 as part of the A. Poulin, Jr. New Poets of America Series with a foreword by Richard Blanco. Jannise will also receive a $1,000 honorarium.  “What a privilege to read through so...

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Documents named a finalist for a Publishing Triangle Award

We are proud to announce that Documents by Jan-Henry Gray has been named a finalist for the Publishing Triangle's 2019 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry! The finalists were announced on Twitter this afternoon, March 16, 2020. Jan-Henry Gray's Documents was selected by D.A. Powell as the winner of the 17th annual A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. Rooted in the experience of living in America as a queer undocumented Filipino, Documents maps the byzantine journey toward citizenship through legal records and fragmented recollections. In poems that repurpose the forms and procedures central to an immigrant’s experiences—birth certificates, identification cards, letters, and interviews—Jan-Henry Gray reveals...

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