The 17th annual Blue Lynx Prize competition was won by poet Suzanne Lummis, of Los Angeles, for her collection Open 24 Hours.
Suzanne Lummis has been associated with the Los Angeles “Stand Up Poets” of the 80’s, who advocated a vibrant oral poetry, as well as strong attention to literary detail and value. She is also often grouped with the “Fresno Poets” who studied with Phillip Levine, Peter Everwine and Charles Hanzlicek in the legendary Fresno State University writing program. Her defining essay on “poems noir”—poems that draw some tonal inspiration from the low-budget, black-and-white crime movies of the 40s and 50s—appeared in New Mexico’s Malpais Review. And, in 2013, NPR’s “All Things Considered” featured her in a segment titled, “Writing Noir Poetry, with LA as a Backdrop.”
Her poems have been published in a number of major literary journals, including Ploughshares, The Hudson Review, New Ohio Review, The Antioch Review, and Hotel Amerika. They have also appeared or are forthcoming in the Knopf anthologies, Poems of Murder and Mayhem, Poems of the American West, and Human and Inhuman Monstrous Verse. An earlier collection, In Danger, was published by Heyday Books.