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Steel, by Alison Prine, a finalist for Vermont Book Award

Our warmest congratulations to Alison Prine. Her debut collection, “Steel” is a finalist for the Vermont Book Award.

“This is a really exciting year for women writers in Vermont. Seven of the eight finalists are women who come from all corners of the state,” said Kathryn Roberts, the Vermont Book Award fellow.

The Vermont Book Award is a $5,000 literary prize created by VCFA to celebrate the literature of Vermont. In order to be nominated, the book must be a work of outstanding literary merit by a Vermont writer and published in the prior year.

“If ever there was a year to read every book on the list, it’s this year. These books shine in their brilliance across all the genres. Our finalists are all from Vermont, but these books have a global reach,” said Miciah Bay Gault, coordinator of the Vermont Book Award and Director of the MFA in Writing & Publishing at VCFA.

Eight judges read through more than 40 Vermont Book Award nominees to choose the finalists. This year’s judges, each with expertise in one of the four genres, are Emily Bernard, Amanda Coplin, Chard deNiord, Grace Greene, Beth McCabe, Kerrin McCadden, Janice Obuchowski, and Tanya Lee Stone.

The winner of the 2017 prize will be revealed at the Vermont Book Award Gala, an awards ceremony to be held at VCFA on Sept. 23, 2017.

Purchase your copy of Steel in the CPR Bookstore.

Diana Whitney, San Francisco Chronicle, reviews STEEL

Diana Whitney of the San Francisco Chronicle included Alison Prine’s new book, Steel, in her latest review.  Steel was covered in company with Allen Ginsberg and Catherine Bowman.

Whitney writes:

Alison Prine’s brilliant debut, Steel (Cider Press Review; $17.95), takes us on a journey through trauma, grief and love. How can we survive after inconceivable loss? asks Prine, transposing a brother’s suicide and a mother’s early death by car crash into poems both precise and musical. “I was there when your heart stopped beating,” she says in “Rearview Mirror: January,” and grief becomes an icy road, a perilous winter landscape the child must travel alone.

Read the complete review online at sfgate.com.
Purchase Steel, by Alison Prine, in the CPR Bookstore.