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The 2016 Luminaire Award for Best Poetry

We here at Alternating Current feel that it is highly important to reward our authors with every possible chance for recognition of their fine crafts. We are pleased to announce our semifinalist longlist for The 2016 Luminaire Award for Best Poetry, honoring the independent press’ best poems. The pieces are judged blindly by an external panel to determine the semifinalists, and a finalist shortlist will be announced in January. From there, first, second, and third place winners are presented, followed by nine notable mentions, all of whom will have pieces featured on The Spark throughout the year, among other prizes for the different places. We wish these authors the best of luck in the award process.

Michael Bernicchi
“we move as dust”

Mary Buchinger
“vii. (the leviathan)”

Barry Charman

Jeff Fleming
“growing a poet in Detroit”

Aaron Graham
“Hometown Hero”

Courtney Gustafson

Bobbi Lurie

Chris Middleman
“The Escort”
“PSU Harrisburg”

“Morning Coffee”
“the thing is, you see”

Rinzu Rajan
“Mumbai, 11th March, 15.30”

Kaye Spivey
“Herding Autumn”

K. Andrew Turner
“Our Judgment”

Brendan Walsh
“Foot Sonnet”

Sarah Ann Winn
“Baldwin Apples”
“I Consider Whether Shipping Your Memory Home Would Be Too Costly”

Amy Wright
“Coralee Robbins Mafficks the Fall of Art”
“Nobody plays in firehydrant fountains but Tegs Turpin”
“Ribs, Bowed Pines under Snow”

Thanks to these authors for sharing their incredible work with us and for trusting us to share it with the rest of the world. Congratulations on the nominations and for making it this far.


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