We are thrilled to announce that Nin Andrews has won the 2016 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry for her collection Why God Is a Woman. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the awards, which are given by the Ohioana Library to books and authors with Ohio roots or subjects.
Other poetry finalists include Ross Gay, Tasha Golden, William Greenway, and Jeff Gundy. Winners in other categories include Mary Doria Russell, Wil Haygood, David McCullough, Loren Long, and Shelley Pearsall.
Set on a magical island where women rule and men are the second sex, Why God Is a Woman is the story of a boy who, exiled from the island because he could not abide by its sexist laws, looks back with both nostalgia and bitterness and wonders: Why does God have to be a woman? Celebrated prose poet Nin Andrews creates a world both fantastic and familiar in which gender roles are turned upside-down, and where all myths, logic, and institutions support the dominance of women.
The 75th annual Ohioana Awards will be presented on Friday, September 23, 2016, at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. Tickets for the event, which includes a pre-awards reception, go on sale next month.
Why God Is a Woman is available now at the BOA Bookstore.