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Deadline for submission of 2014 books is January 31, 2015.

See GUIDELINES below.



PRESS RELEASE : JANUARY 2015


The Poetry Center is pleased to announce that Alli Warren's HERE COME THE WARM JETS (City Lights Books/Spotlight Series, 2013) has been selected by award judge Laura Moriary to receive the annual Poetry Center Book Award. 

Coleman-The World Falls AwayThe Poetry Center Book Award has been presented annually since 1980 by The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University, to a single outstanding book of poetry published in the previous year. The Poetry Center Book Award carries a cash prize and an invitation to read, along with the award judge, at The Poetry Center in San Francisco.

POETRY CENTER BOOK AWARD, 1980-2013

 


Thursday FEB 19
Poetry Center Book Award Reading
for HERE COME THE WARM JETS
Alli Warren and Laura Moriarty
4:30 pm @ the Poetry Center
HUM 512, SFSU, free


Award judge's statement:

HERE COME THE WARM JETS by Alli Warren


Here Come the Warm Jets is not an original title, but it is a particularly original book. Alli Warren’s words are uncanny. They inveigle and resist. They follow each other unexpectedly, allowing the reader to make sense with the writer in a way that is revelatory and occasionally hilarious. Warren invests her work with a coy but severe stillness that draws you in. She means with zeal. She lists. She interrogates pleasure (to use a title of a talk I once gave) as well as the present moment of a life lived in writing. She lives it with you.

we could be seed and carried
intact esteemed
partaking among coming
in flesh allayed
as reprieve
according there
in thrust and present

(from “Newsworthy Thing”)

There is a suggestion in these lines of youth and seminality, of seeing and being “seed.” The sense of community or, at least, “gregarious horde,” is there, as well as risk and, again, assertion. Action (“partaking among coming”) occurs in a sexualized context that also suggests eating (“in flesh allayed”) or is that “allied”? We are allied with Warren and yet unsure of ourselves. We like the mystery. There is a lot of sex in the work but not in a descriptive sense. The words are seductive. Attention is malleable. There is danger but “reprieve.” The action of being in relation to a place (“according here”) is also the action of being in relation to each other. The “thrust” suggests assertion, combat and sex. It leads to a moment or action, to a time that is also a verb, “and present” and, later in the poem, gives onto a sense of movement (“wrenching” “carry & turning”) that is urgent and achieves its goal.

As Warren teaches herself how to live her life in her work she questions yours and ours. She finds new ways to undermine the expected while allowing you to go forward. She reminds you of things, “Remember the debt you’re living off remember being exchanged/ for a few donkeys remember how bricks get made,”(“Personal Poem”) in a way that is both disorienting and reorienting. Alli Warren’s poetry is smart, rigorous, specific, challenging “Thick socks, open heart/ Love the tiniest ways/out of the sidewalks into the trees,” and hopeful, “lust before dishonor.” Here Come The Warm Jets is a fun wonder. Reading it makes you think about the future of this unique voice.

Laura Moriarty

Alli Warren is the author of Don't Go Home With Your Heart On (Faux Press, 2014) and Here Come the Warm Jets (City Lights, 2013). She edits Dreamboat magazine and coedits Hearts Desire Press. She lives in Oakland.

Laura Moriarty’s recent books include are The Fugitive Notebook (Couch Press, 2014), Who That Divines (Nightboat Books, 2014), A Tonalist (Nightboat Books, 2010), A Semblance: Selected and New Poems, 1975-2007 (Omnidawn, 2007) and the novel Ultravioleta (Atelos, 2006). Awards include Poetry Center Book Award in 1983, a Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Award in Poetry in 1992, a New Langton Arts Award in Literature 1998 and a Fund for Poetry grant in 2007. She is Deputy Director of Small Press Distribution and is currently helping out at the Bay Area Public School where she and Zoe Tuck just completed a class in Vampire Poetics.

 

The Poetry Center Book Award

The Poetry Center Book Award
has been presented annually since 1980 by The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University, to a single outstanding book of poetry published in the prior year. The Poetry Center Book Award carries a cash prize and an invitation to read, along with the award judge, at The Poetry Center in San Francisco.

POETRY CENTER BOOK AWARD, 1980-2013

Guidelines

The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University seeks submissions for the annual Poetry Center Book Award.

Deadline for submission of 2014 books is January 31, 2015.

Entrees will be accepted for the 2014 award from JULY 1, 2014 thru JANUARY 31, 2015.

Published original books by a single author (no collaborative works, anthologies, translations, or manuscripts) must be copyrighted 2014. Entrees can be submitted by publisher, author, or by a reader.

An entry fee of $10 per book (all of which goes directly to the benefit of the award winner and award judge) must accompany each book.

Please include a cover letter indicating the author's name, book title(s), name of person or publisher issuing check, and check number.

Checks should be payable to The Poetry Center/SFSU and entrees mailed to:

The Poetry Center/SFSU
2010 Book Award
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco CA 94132

The judge for the award will not be announced in advance.

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