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Seven Finalists Announced for the 2020 CPR Editors’ Prize

Cider Press Review editors are thankful for the thousands of brilliant poetry submissions that come across our (virtual) desks each year. We are delighted to be able to announce seven amazing finalists for our Editors’ Prize Book Award (in alphabetical order):

  • The Body He Left Behind
  • Book of Years
  • Clio’s Daughter with Hair on Fire
  • Landscape with Woman Turning
  • The Sliding Boat Our Bodies Make
  • Stepping Over
  • Swan Wife

We hope to make a final decision within the next two weeks.

Meanwhile, CPR will be accepting manuscripts for the 2020 CPR Book Award until December 15th, 2020. Final Judge for the 2020 Book Award is Professor Amber Flora Thomas.


Amber Flora Thomas to Judge 2020 CPR Book Award

The editors are delighted to announce that poet and professor Amber Flora Thomas will be the distinguished judge for this year’s  annual Cider Press Review Book Award.

Amber Flora Thomas is the author of Eye of Water: Poems which was selected by Harryette Mullen as the winner of the 2004 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Her other books include, The Rabbits Could Sing: Poems (University of Alaska Press, 2012) and Red Channel in the Rupture: Poems (Red Hen Press, 2018). Her poetry has appeared in The New England Review, Tin House, Ecotone, Callaloo, Orion Magazine, Alaska Quarterly Review, Saranac Review, and Third Coast, as well as Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry, and numerous other journals and anthologies.

Thomas has taught at the Cave Canem annual retreat and the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers Conference. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and Sewanee Writers Conference. She earned an MFA at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She was born and raised in northern California.

Currently she is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

And Then We Emerged to See, Once More, the Stars
by Catherine Marenghi

“e quindi uscimmo a riveder le stelle”
—Dante Alighieri, 34th Canto, La Divina Commedia

A tiny thing, a particle, a protein
anointed in oil, wearing a studded crown,
has declared its global coronation,
ordained by the laying on of hands.

And suddenly we learn
it was all unnecessary—
The daily errand, seemingly urgent.
Meetings. Interviews. Presentations.
Early-morning trains. Stadiums filled
for sport or concert. Gatherings around
our glittering tables.

Daily appointments stacked as neatly as firewood
in our calendars, our precious devices,
none of these, it seems,
ever required us.

We barely remember now
what was so important that
we marked our calendars for it.

And when the streets are emptied of us,
that will be the time to keep
our appointment with
what has always been waiting.
Then we will lean from our windows
or simply close our eyes, and see—
and see again, and see for the first time—
the unrelenting stars.


Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 22, Issue 3.

Catherine MarenghiA native of Massachusetts, Catherine Marenghi is an award-winning poet and the author of Breaking Bread: Poems (Finishing Line Press, 2020).She authored Glad Farm: A Memoir (Tate Publishing, 2016), an acclaimed story of poverty, loss, and resilience; President Jimmy Carter called it “inspiring.” She divides her time between Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

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