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Jillian Weise wins PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award

BOA is delighted to share the news that Jillian Weise has won a PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Excellence. PEN Oakland announced the winners of the 2020 Josephine Miles Awards via a press release on October 22, 2020. The PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Awards, named for the late poet and Professor at The University of California at Berkeley, were created to provide recognition for outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community. Seven poets received Josephine Miles Awards in 2020. For more information about PEN Oakland and the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Awards, visit the PEN Oakland...

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Derrick Austin wins the Isabella Gardner Award

Rochester, NY — BOA Editions is excited to announce that Derrick Austin has been awarded the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award for his  collection Tenderness, which is forthcoming from BOA in fall 2021 within the American Poets Continuum Series. “I'm grateful to receive the Isabella Gardner Award and be among such fantastic company. I'm awed every time a reader finds some joy, a little something for themselves, in these poems of queer friendship,” said Austin. The Isabella Gardner Award carries an honorarium of $1,000 and is given biennially to a poet with a new book of exceptional merit. BOA Publisher Peter...

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Geffrey Davis Wins 2020 Porter Literary Fund Prize

BOA Editions is delighted to share the news that Geffrey Davis has won the 2020 Porter Literary Fund Prize. The Porter Fund Literary Prize announced the news via a press release on September 25, 2020. "Several of my local heroes have received this award, so I was aware of the Porter Fund Literary Prize prior to this news. I am deeply and dearly honored to have my own voice added to such a prestigious legacy of Arkansas writers," said Davis. Geffrey Davis is the author of Night Angler (BOA, 2019), winner of the James Laughlin Award, and Revising the Storm (BOA Editions 2014), winner of the A. Poulin,...

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The Tiny Journalist wins WLT Book Award for Poetry

Rochester, N.Y. — BOA Editions is delighted to announce that The Tiny Journalist by Naomi Shihab Nye has been selected as the Poetry Winner for the 2019 Writers’ League of Texas Book Awards. The Writers' League of Texas announced the winners of the 2019 WLT Book Awards this morning in their newsletter. The Tiny Journalist is Naomi Shihab Nye’s fifth poetry collection from BOA Editions. It was named a Best Poetry Book of 2019 by The Washington Post and previously won the 2020 Helen C. Smith Memorial Award for Best Book of Poetry from the Texas Institute of Letters. The collection...

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Night Angler nominated for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award

Rochester, N.Y. — BOA Editions is excited to announce that Night Angler by Geffrey Davis is a nominee for the 2020 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Poetry. The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award honors the best in Black literature in the United States and around the globe. Night Angler, Geffrey Davis’s James Laughlin Award-winning second collection of poems, reads as an evolving love letter and meditation on what it means to raise an American family. In poems that express a deep sense of gratitude and wonder, Davis delivers a heart-strong prayer that longs for home, for safety for Black lives, and for the...

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