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Cenzontle a finalist for three literary awards

The praise keeps rolling in for Marcelo Hernandez Castillo's debut collection! We are proud to announce that Cenzontle has been selected as a finalist for the 2018 Foreword INDIES Award for Poetry, the Publishing Triangle's Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry, and the inaugural Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Poetry.

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo's Cenzontle was selected by Brenda Shaughnessey as the winner of the 16th annual A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. This NPR Best Book of 2018 won the GLCA New Writers Award and is a finalist for the NCIBA Golden Poppy Award for Poetry, among other literary awards.

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo was born in Mexico and immigrated to the United States at age five. A CantoMundo Fellow, he is the first undocumented student to graduate from the University of Michigan’s Creative Writing MFA program. He cofounded Undocupoets, for which he was awarded the 2016 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers. His poems, essays, and translations have appeared in PBS NewsHour, New England Review, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Southern Humanities Review, and BuzzFeed, among others. He lives in Marysville, California, with his wife and son. For more information about Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, visit

Foreword Reviews announced its annual INDIES Book of the Year Awards for 2018 on its website yesterday, March 11th. 

“Determining the INDIES Finalists is such a rewarding process,” said Victoria Sutherland, founder/publisher of Foreword Reviews. “Each year we are reminded what a vital part of publishing indie presses occupy, and knowing what the recognition could mean to an individual book inspires us to provide our finalist judges with the best choices to help them determine the winners. We take this privilege very seriously.”

Winners in each genre—along with Editor’s Choice Prize winners and Foreword’s Independent Publisher of the Year—will be announced June 14, 2019The complete list of finalists for the 2018 INDIES can be found at

The Publishing Triangle also announced the Thom Gunn Award finalists yesterday on Twitter and on their website. The Thom Gunn Award is an annual literary award presented by the Publishing Triangle to honor the best collection of gay male poetry published in the preceding year. First presented in 2001 as the Triangle Award for Gay Poetry, the award was renamed in memory of American poet Thom Gunn, the award's first winner, following his death in 2004. 

Finalists for the Publishing Triangle Awards will be celebrated and winners will be announced at the Publishing Triangle Awards Ceremony at the New School in New York, NY, on Thursday, April 25. The ceremony is free and open to the public. More information about the ceremony along with a full list of finalists for the 2018 Publishing Triangle Awards can be found on the Publishing Triangle website.

Lambda Literary announced the finalists for the 31st Annual Lambda Literary Awards (known informally as the Lammies) last Friday, March 8th via email. Now in their thirty-first year, the Lambda Literary Awards (known informally as the Lammiess) celebrate achievement in LGBTQ writing for books published in 2018. The finalists were chosen by a panel of over 60 literary professionals from over 1,000 book submissions from over 300 publishers. 

Finalists for the Lambda Literary Awards will be celebrated and winners will be announced at the Lambda Literary Awards Ceremony and Gala the evening of Monday, June 3, 2019 in New York City. Tickets and more information can be found on Lambda's website.

Previous BOA titles selected as finalists for the Thom Gunn Award and the Lambda Literary Awards include Trouble The Water by Derrick Austin and When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen. 

Congratulations, Marcelo!

Visit the BOA Bookstore to buy a copy of Cenzontle.

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