Mary Ruefle chose Michael Homolka’s Antiquity as the 2015 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry. She says, “The poems in Antiquity very much abandon themselves to language, to the collective poetic endeavor, and they do so in a rich, textured, and sustained voice.” Michael Homolka’s poems have appeared in publications such as Antioch Review, Boulevard, The New Yorker, Parnassus, Ploughshares, and The Threepenny Review. A graduate of Bennington College’s MFA program, he lives in New York City and is currently embarking on a career teaching high school English through the NYC Teaching Fellows program.
Ben Marcus selected Emily Fridlund’s Catapult as the 2015 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. “Hardly a line goes by in these stories without some piercing bit of wisdom or destabilizing insight, and Fridlund does this with a light, swift hand, building stories of wit and misunderstanding and loss that are spilling over with seductive revelations.” Fridlund grew up in Minnesota and, after a decade of living on both coasts and abroad, she now resides in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Her fiction has appeared in Boston Review, Zyzzyva, Southwest Review, Five Chapters, New Orleans Review, New Delta Review, and Sou’wester, among other journals. She holds an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis and a PhD from the University of Southern California, where her critical dissertation involved a study of simultaneity in modernist and contemporary writing by women. She is currently revising her first novel, History of Wolves, which was supported by a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for feminist projects. She teaches writing at Cornell University.