We are thrilled to announce the winners of our 2022 Open Reading Period Book Prize, Editors' Pick, and Carolyn Bush Award. Each of these titles will be released as part of the Passage Series, devoted to supporting emerging writers and artists whose work manifests in innovative, hybrid, and cross-genre forms that imagine new possibilities and expressions of the poetic, the political, and the social.
Book Prize, selected by Asiya Wadud
Amelia Zhou, Repose
"Early on in Amelia Zhou’s Repose, the speaker asks the reader “do all lost things live in ruins?” Ruins—as in aftermath, as in refuse, as in the rotting and wilted physical landscape—permeate this deft and roving collection of poems. Zhou’s work rests in the fleeting space of bodies in motion, the friction of bodies troubling and inhabiting spaces across planes and distances. Zhou does not attempt to still the movement. Instead, she allows it to fold and create its own repetitions, logic, and accord. All along the way, Zhou opens up a space for the spectral to exist alongside the ruins. Towards the end of Repose, she writes “All that distinguishes is a reminder there is something still from the secret, accreting.” In this way, Repose loops, billows, and folds on itself. With the patience that permeates this entire collection, Zhou simply makes a notation of this accretion and demands nothing else of it. Go slow, this collection suggests and with Zhou guiding us, we can."
Amelia Zhou works with writing and movement, with an interest in exploring their various intersections as they arise in forms such as poetry, prose, or performance. In 2021 she was awarded Gold Prize at the Creative Future Writers’ Awards (UK) and was a recipient of the Ultimo Prize (Australia), both for prose. Her work has been published most recently in Overland, LUMIN Journal, and Ambit; exhibited at Orleans House Gallery; with further writing in numerous UK and Australian publications. She holds a MA in Creative Practice from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance (2020) and is an incoming PhD student in English at the University of Cambridge. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives in London.
Forthcoming Winter 2024
Passage Series #8
Photo by Justin Tam
Justin Allen, Language Arts
Justin Allen’s Language Arts takes up writing as an integral part of an interdisciplinary art practice. Across poems, essays, lyrics, screenwriting, and drawings, works touch on themes of music and subculture, African diasporic language, visual art, and more, bringing together Allen's numerous influences into one collection.
Justin Allen is a writer and performer experimenting with dance, video, and sound. He has been commissioned by The Chocolate Factory Theater and The Shed and held residencies at ISSUE Project Room and the Center for Afrofuturist Studies. His performances have received support from Franklin Furnace, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the Jerome Foundation. He received his BA in Literary Studies from Eugene Lang College at The New School, and he's an MFA candidate in Sculpture at Yale School of Art.
Forthcoming Spring 2024
Passage Series #9
Photo by Andrew Ordonez
Carolyn Bush Award
Alisha Mascarenhas, A Catalogue of Risk
Alisha Mascarenhas’s A Catalogue of Risk is a volte-face of the neoliberal market economy’s construction of isolated, individual safety. In her debut book of poems, Mascarenhas
lingers in the question of risk as it arises in daily life and intimacy. Through a close study and partial translation of philosopher-psychoanalyst Anne Dufourmantelle’s Éloge du risque (2011), her poems posit risk as a fissure, through which we might imagine yet-unknown futures.
Alisha Mascarenhas is a poet and translator, and the author of Contagion Fields (Belladonna* chaplet, 2021). She has contributed recent writing to The Recluse, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Pamenar Press, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Forthcoming Fall 2024
Passage Series #10
Photo by Cub
Open Reading Period Finalists:
Isabel Sobral Campos, The Optogram of the Mind
Susana Plotts-Pineda, Volcano Atlas
Neon Mashurov, Collapse
Carolyn Bush Award Finalists: