Jeanne Larsen of Roanoke, VA has won the 2017 CPR Book Award. Her manuscript, What Penelope Chooses was selected by final judge Lauren Alleyne from among twenty (20) semi-finalist entries. Ms. Larsen receives $1,500, publication of her book by Cider Press Review, and 25 author copies. What Penelope Chooses will be released in January, 2019.
What Penelope Chooses, by Jeanne Larsen
Perigee, by Diane Kerr
All She Is Willing, by Daniela Buccilli
An Azalea Blooms in the Murderer’s Yard, by Ralph Sneeden
The Ocean Cannot Be Blue, by Kirsten Hampton
Congratulations to Ms. Larsen and all of our finalists.
The editors are delighted to announce the finalist manuscripts for the 2017 CPR Book Award, selected by Lauren Alleyne. In alphabetical order, they are:
- All She Is Willing
- An Azalea Blooms in the Murderer’s Yard
- The Ocean Cannot Be Blue
- What Penelope Chooses
The editors will announce the winner, runner-up, and any honorable mentions within the next few days.
It is our very great honor to be able to announce that poet, essayist, and fiction writer Lauren Alleyne has agreed to serve as final manuscript judge for the 2017 Cider Press Review Book Award.
Lauren K. Alleyne is the author of Difficult Fruit (Peepal Tree Press, 2014). She holds an MFA in Poetry and a graduate certificate in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Cornell University, and an MA in English and Creative Writing from Iowa State University. Alleyne’s fiction, non-fiction, interviews, and poetry have been widely published in journals and anthologies such as Women’s Studies Quarterly, Guernica, The Caribbean Writer, Black Arts Quarterly, The Cimarron Review, Crab Orchard Review,Gathering Ground, and Growing Up Girl, among others. Her work has earned several honors and awards, most recently the Picador Guest Professorship in Literature at the University of Leipzig, Germany, a 2014 Iowa Arts Council Fellowship, and first place in the 2016 Split This Rock Poetry Contest. Alleyne is a Cave Canem graduate, and is originally from Trinidad and Tobago. She is currently Assistant Director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center and an Associate Professor of English at James Madison University.