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E.C. Osondu wins the 9th annual BOA Short Fiction Prize

Rochester, New York –– BOA Editions, Ltd. is pleased to announce that E.C. Osondu is the winner of the ninth annual BOA Short Fiction Prize for his collection Alien Stories. BOA Publisher Peter Conners selected the winning manuscript from a pool of more than 320 submissions. Osondu will receive a $1,000 honorarium and book publication by BOA Editions, Ltd. within the American Reader Series in spring 2021. “Thank you, BOA Editions, for opening your arms and giving a home to Alien Stories. Particularly poignant because these are for the most part stories about characters who seesaw between finding a home...

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Richard Blanco will judge the 19th Poulin Prize

We are thrilled to announce that renowned poet Richard Blanco will judge the 19th A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, which opens to submissions today! Richard Blanco is the fifth presidential inaugural poet in U.S. history—the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. Born in Madrid to Cuban exile parents and raised in Miami, the negotiation of cultural identity and place characterize his body of work. He is the author of the poetry collections Looking for the Gulf Motel, Directions to the Beach of the Dead, and City of a Hundred Fires; the poetry chapbooks...

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Holy Moly Carry Me a finalist for the Library of Virginia Literary Award

Rochester, NY — BOA Editions is proud to announce that Erika Meitner’s Holy Moly Carry Me (BOA Editions, 2018) has been selected as one of four finalists in the poetry category of the Library of Virginia’s 22nd Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards. The winner in each category will be selected from among these finalists and announced at a gala celebration at the Library of Virginia on Saturday, October 19, 2019. “The commonwealth of Virginia is home to many talented writers whose work inspires and informs readers across the world,” said Librarian of Virginia Sandra G. Treadway. “The Library’s annual Literary...

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Exploring the Backlist: Francisca Aguirre's Ithaca

Hello readers! Join our team of interns as they explore over 40 years of our publication history and share their passion for some of their favorite titles from BOA Editions. In this post, Emily F. explores how poet Francisca Aguirre and translator Ana Valverde Osan construct a multi-layered translation of the Odyssey. Mythic Parallels and the Art of Translation: Francisca Aguirre's Ithaca Hi all! I’m Emily, a summer intern here at BOA Editions and a rising senior at University of Rochester, pursuing a degree in English Literature, with minors in Economics and Creative Writing. I don’t quite know what I’ll be doing...

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Summer Reading Recommendations 2019 from BOA Editions

Looking for a fresh summer reading list that features both poetry and fiction? Read on to explore a mix of new and classic books from BOA Editions—specially tailored by our interns to help you find just the right for this summer. 1. For Readers Looking for a Good Beach Read Molly Reid’s The Rapture Index, the winner of BOA’s Short Fiction Prize, is a collection of stories that expose human nature and reveal our fears and wonders through strange interactions with animals. Typically, animals take a backseat and invisible role in human life, but here, each animals represents our most...

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