The editors are pleased to announce the winner of the 2015 Cider Press Review Book Award: Julia Bouwsma. Ms. Bouwsma won the 2015 award with her manuscript Work by Bloodlight.
Runner-up for the prize was Erin Elizabeth Smith with her manuscript Down: The Alice Poems. An honorable mention goes to V.P. Loggins and his manuscript The Green Cup.
Contest judge Linda Pastan writes:
It’s strange how so much beauty can come out of this often painful, always unflinching work. In poems that range through the physical world−the weasel in the henhouse, the calligrapher at his table−Bouwsma’s language is at once muscular and lyrical, her voice both passionate and honest.
The manuscript will be published in January, 2017.