Category: Blue Lynx Prize

2013 Blue Lynx Prize Awarded to Suzanne Lummis

By , December 5, 2013

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.

Roy Bentley Wins 2012 Blue Lynx Prize

By , April 2, 2013

Roy Bentley’s winning volume, Starlight Taxi, will be released in fall 2013.

Bentley has received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Ohio Arts Council. His poems have appeared in the Southern Review, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Sou’wester, American Literary Review, and elsewhere. He has published nine chapbooks and three books of poetry, including The Trouble with a Short Horse in Montana, which won the White Pine Poetry Prize and was published by White Pine in 2006.

Seattle Poet Thomas Brush Wins 2011 Blue Lynx Prize

By , February 21, 2012

The fifteenth annual Blue Lynx Prize has been awarded to Thomas Brush for his full-length poetry collection, Last Night.  The winning collection was chosen from among more than five hundred submissions and will be published in spring, 2012, by Lynx House Press, the contest’s founding sponsor.  The winner also receives a cash prize of $2000, payable upon publication.

Thomas Brush is a life-long resident of Seattle. He has a B.A. from Central Washington University and an M.A. from the University of Washington and taught for many years in nearby Kent, Washington.  His work has appeared in many distinguished journals, including Poetry, Prairie Schooner, the Iowa Review, Crazyhorse, and the North American Review. The quality of that work has also been acknowledged by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Washington Arts Commission, and the Washington Artist Trust.

The poems in Last Night are drawn from the lost who walk the streets, discarded road signs and postcards, the natural world, and memory.  The people in them wager every day on cars, their dreams, garage sales, love (real and imagined), old hymnals, rain forests, raccoons, and flights of gulls.  Sometimes they win, more often they lose, even when the bartender says, “sure thing.”  The overall effect of the book is hard hitting, direct, gritty, and sweet; it has much in common with the work of another Seattle area native, the late Richard Hugo.

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