Feb 16, 2015

HARRY BAULD, Winner of the Milton Kessler Memorial Award for Poetry

Milton Kessler, poet and teacher, was a great friend and mentor to students in the creative writing program at Binghamton University. Harpur Palate created this annual award in honor of his dedication to the development of writers.

We are happy to announce Harry Bauld as the winner of the Milton Kessler Memorial Award for Poetry for his piece "Science Section"!

Poetry Editor Sri Siddhi N. Upadhyay describes Bauld and his work:
Bauld accomplished an elegant balance of keeping snark and sentiment within a simple, accessible story. The juxtaposed vastness of infinity with the intimacy of two people in a quaint cafe, and the reader being privy to the speaker's private thoughts, makes the poem feel genuine and not jaded, wry, snide, or highfalutin. The poem felt fresh to me because the poet encourages the reader to pause and make observations even within such a concisely captured moment. Writing that shows me something unexpected and that helps me feel like these everyday relatable instances are something new is always delightful to read.

Below is "Science Section," found in our latest issue.

Harry Bauld, "Science Section," Harpur Palate 14.2

Harry Bauld is from Medford, Massachusetts. He was included by Matthew Dickman in Best New Poets 2012, and his poems have appeared in many publications, including Nimrod, Southern Poetry Review, The Southeast Review, Verse Daily, Ruminate, The Baltimore Review, Whiskey Island, and The Adirondack Review. He won the 2008 New Millennium Writings poetry prize. He has taught and coached baseball, basketball, and boxing at high schools in Vermont and New York.

Congratulations, Harry Bauld!

To read this and the other excellent pieces found in our latest issue, head over to our Submittable page and purchase a subscription. We're also currently reading for our John Gardner Memorial Award in Fiction - your work could be highlighted by us in the future if you submit! Check out our guidelines here.

Feb 13, 2015

SARAH PAPE, Winner of the Harpur Palate Award for Creative Nonfiction!

The Harpur Palate Award for Creative Nonfiction was developed by former Editor in Chief Marissa Schwalm to reward excellent creative nonfiction just as we do with our prizes in fiction and poetry.

It is our great pleasure to announce the winner of our annual Harpur Palate Award for Creative Nonfiction, Sarah Pape for "He Did"!

Our 14.2 Creative Nonfiction Editor Rose Fritzky-Randolph writes of the winning piece:
"With its confidence of voice and vision, 'He Did' captivated me from beginning to end. Sarah Pape tells her heartbreaking story with a subtle yet generous grace."

Below is a selection from "He Did." Please take a look!

Sarah Pape, "He Did," Harpur Palate 14.2

Sarah Pape, "He Did," Harpur Palate 14.2

Sarah Pape, "He Did," Harpur Palate 14.2

Sarah Pape teaches English and works as the Managing Editor of Watershed Review at Chico State. Her poetry and prose has recently been published or are forthcoming in: Ecotone, The Nervous Breakdown, The Brooklyner, decomP, The Collapsar, Pilgrimage, Prick of the Spindle, The Squaw Valley Review, The Superstition Review, and Hayden's Ferry Review. She curates community literary programming and is a member of the Quoin Collective, a local letterpress group.

Congratulations, Sarah Pape!

You can read "He Did" in full by purchasing a subscription to Harpur Palate over at our Submittable page. Our John Gardner Memorial Award for Fiction is currently reading submissions - check out our guidelines here, and maybe we'll be highlighting your work in the future!

Feb 12, 2015

Author Vanessa Blakeslee - Interview and AWP Book Signing!

It was Editor in Chief Melanie J. Cordova's great privilege to talk with author Vanessa Blakeslee last fall about her new short story collection Train Shots, out with Burrow Press (2014). The collection's title story first appeared in Harpur Palate 9.2.

Vanessa Blakeslee's Train Shots

Vanessa Blakeslee was raised in northeastern Pennsylvania and earned her MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her writing has appeared in The Southern Review, The Paris Review Daily, The Globe and Mail, PANK, and Kenyon Review Online, among many others. Winner of the inaugural Bosque Fiction Prize, she has also been awarded grants and residencies from Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Banff Centre, Ledig House, and the Ragdale Foundation. In 2013 she received the Individual Artist Fellowship in Literature from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Find Vanessa online here.

Take a look at the preview of the interview below, or read the full interview with Blakeslee at this link.

Vanessa Blakeslee, Interview, Harpur Palate 14.2

We're also thrilled to announce that Blakeslee will be joining Harpur Palate at this year's AWP for an author signing! Mark your calendars for AWP in Minneapolis from April 8-11, 2015. Come to Harpur Palate's Bookfair table #552 on Thursday, April 9 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm to get your copy of Train Shots signed. We look forward to meeting you!

If you support print media, please head over to our Submittable page and purchase a subscription so you can read the print version of our interview with Blakeslee in our excellent new issue. And what's the interview without Train Shots itself? Go to Burrow Press and grab a copy of the collection so you can get it signed at AWP!

Feb 10, 2015

14.2 Cover Artist Matt Kish

Our excellent new issue is here, and it looks great thanks to our cover artist Matt Kish.

Matt Kish's "64 Queequegs: Queequeg #15: The Hunter"

The cover art for each issue sets the tone for readers - the Queequeg depicted here is at once whimsical and poignant, quirky and subdued. We hope you find the work inside as creative and unique.

Matt Kish is a self-taught artist who has also enjoyed stints as a groundskeeper, a DJ in a strip club, a bookseller, and a high school English teacher. He is currently a librarian in Ohio where he lives with his wife, their two frogs, and entirely too many books.

Kish's work is clever and we are grateful to have "Queequeg #15" as our cover art. Check out Kish's blog, his Tumblr, his Facebook, and his Twitter to see more of his work!

Meanwhile, head over to our Submittable page and purchase a subscription to get a copy of this lovely issue! While you're at it, submit some work yourself. Read our guidelines here.

Our contest winners will be announced later this week!