Announcing the winner of the 2017 Mary McCarthy Prize

We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2017 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction judged by Paul Yoon is Tiny Heroes, Tiny Villains by Robert Yune. 

What he has built here, and what we enter, from the first sentence of Tiny Heroes, Tiny Villains, is an achingly beautiful, many-roomed house, not only peopled with all of us, now, but the ghosts that have shaped us and the ones that help propel us into the future.
— Paul Yoon

As a Navy brat, Robert Yune moved 11 times by the time he turned 18. In 2012, he was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award and was one of five finalists for the Prairie Schooner Book Prize. His fiction has appeared in the Green Mountains Review, the Kenyon Review, and Los Angeles Review, among others.

In the summer of 2012, he worked as a stand-in for George Takei and has worked as an extra in movies such as The Dark Knight RisesMe and Earl and the Dying Girl, and Father and Daughters

Currently, he teaches at DePauw University, located in beautiful Greencastle, Indiana.  His novel Eighty Days of Sunlight was nominated for the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award; other nominees included Viet Thanh Nguyen, Margaret Atwood, and Salman Rushdie.

How to Make Your Mother Cry by Sejal Shah
We Are a Teeming Wilderness by Shena McAuliffe
Quotidian Prayers by Carol LaHines

Jillian in the Borderlands: tales & provenances by Beth Alvarado
Last Time Around by Will Clattenburg; Birdtown by Alison Moore
Pretenders by Leslie Bazzett

Announcing the Winner of the 2017 Kathryn A. Morton Prize

We are pleased to announce Rowan Ricardo Phillips has selected Pamela Hart's Mothers Over Nangarhar as the winner of the 2017 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry. 

Pamela Hart is writer in residence at the Katonah Museum of Art where she teaches and manages an arts-in-education program called Thinking Through the Arts. She was awarded an NEA poetry fellowship in 2013. She recently received the Brian Turner Literary Arts prize for poetry. Her poems have been published in a variety of journals including the Southern Humanities Review, Bellevue Literary Review and Drunken Boat. Toadlily Press published her chapbook, The End of the Body. She is poetry editor and mentor for the Afghan Women’s Writing Project.

photo credit Steve Rago

photo credit Steve Rago

The Spinning Place by Chelsea Wagenaar
Extinction Theory by Kien Lam
In My Heart Is the Heart of My Heart by Sarah Blackman

Record Winter by Jordan Potter
Signs of Danger by Erica Ehrenberg
Go Because I Love You by Jared Harél
Charge Number One by Emily Yoon
Hypocrite Shoe by Ryan Black
Relic and the Plum by Molly Spencer
You Are a House, You are a Hammer, You're the Momentum of the Nail by Saara Myrene Raappana



Polls are open for the Ohioana Library Readers' Choice Award and Amy Gustine needs your vote, and a new interview with Mark Jarman

Mark Jarman was interviewed for the next issue of Five Points. He speaks to his poetry in The Heronry, his childhood in Scotland, and poetry as politics. Here's a brief statement on The Heronry from Mark Jarman: 

The poems in The Heronry, for me, continue to consider the intersection of the human and the natural worlds, and the point of the intersection, where I think human beings are constantly rediscovering their souls. 

Ohioana Library launched its second annual Readers' Choice Award poll, which lets readers choose their favorite book from among the thirty finalists. Polls close Monday, July 3, at noon. 

Amy Gustine's You Should Pity Us Instead needs your vote! Vote here

Welcoming Our 2017 Summer Interns!

(Left to right) Anne, Justin, and Hannah Rose strike curious poses.

(Left to right) Anne, Justin, and Hannah Rose strike curious poses.

We'd like to introduce and extend a warm welcome to our latest batch of interns:

Justin Allard will be returning to Sarabande Books for the summer development internship. Justin is excited to further explore this role as well as continue writing stories and poems about dinosaurs, dragons, Bowser, jazz, and haunted coffee shops in spare moments.

Hannah Rose Neuhauser, the educational programs intern, is from Louisville, Kentucky. Helping to amplify the voices of underrepresented writers makes Hannah Rose's heart glitter—and she is excited to do just that through the Sarabande Writing Labs. Hannah Rose has a cloud of a cat named Wishes who keeps her company as she writes lyric essays. 

Anne Aberle is from Nebraska but is joining us as editorial intern after spending the past five months in France. Nothing brings her more joy than a perfectly crafted sentence and she can't wait to encounter a multitude of them at Sarabande.

We are excited to work together this summer!


The 2017 season of Sarabande Writing Labs is here, and we are delighted to introduce the leaders, teachers, and artists in our community who will be involved with our writing workshops!



Tasha Golden is the frontwoman and songwriter for the critically acclaimed band Ellery. Her songs have been heard in major motion pictures, TV dramas, radio, and more. Her poetry, prose, and research have been published in Pleaides, Ethos Journal, and Coldnoon Poetics, among others. She researches the impact of the arts on social silences, and founds creative writing workshops for incarcerated teen women. She blogs for Ploughshares literary journal.

Tasha will be leading workshops through SWL's partnership with Youth Detention Services of Louisville.



Kiki Petrosino is the author of Hymn for the Black Terrific (2013) and Fort Red Border (2009), both from Sarabande Books. She holds graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of Iowa's Writers Workshop. Her poems and essays have appeared in PoetryBest American Poetry, the New York TimesFENCEGulf CoastJubilatTin House, and online at Ploughshares. She is founder and coeditor of Transom, an independent online poetry journal. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Louisville, where she directs the Creative Writing Program. 

Kiki will be a guest performer at our workshop with Americana Community Center.




Kristen Renee Miller is Sarabande's Director of Educational Programming. In 2014, she founded Sarabande Writing Labs to help support writers in Louisville's under-resourced communities. Kristen received her M.A. in English from the University of Louisville, where she also taught creative writing for four years. She is a writer and translator with work appearing in Guernica, Tupelo Quarterly, The Offing, and elsewhere.

Kristen will be leading workshops through SWL's partnership with Wellspring.

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Hannah Rose Neuhauser is a writer and educator from Louisville, KY. Hannah Rose spent two years working at 826michigan, a non-profit dedicated to after-school tutoring and creative writing programs. She is now helping to launch a similar organization, and is excited to be a part of amplifying underrepresented voices through Sarabande Writing Labs. Her poems and essays have appeared in Cactus Heart, apt, Luna Luna, Maudlin House, The Collagist, and So to Speak.

Hannah Rose will be leading workshops through SWL's partnership with Americana Community Center.



Brandon “B. Shatter” Harrison is a poet, spoken word artist, and teacher who competed in the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival in Texas as a young person. As a member of the poetry and music collective Roots & Wings, he coached the 2015-2016 Young Poets of Louisville Brave New Voices team with Naiyana Williams, which competed in Washington, D.C. in summer 2016.

B Shatter will be a guest performer at our workshop with Americana Community Center.



Auzzie Dodson is a poet from Louisville, KY who aims to use poetry as a medium for change. She is a duPont Manual and Youth Performing Arts School alumni and will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Fall. There she will be studying English, Psychology as a First Wave Scholar. Outside of school she is the President of the Board of Directors of Young Poets of Louisville. She is a Governor’s School for the Arts 2015 alumni, where she studied Creative Writing. She attended Brave New Voices in 2016 as a member of the Young Poets of Louisville team and will attend with them this year as well. If she’s not painting or slamming, this young wordsmith can be found fighting for minority rights.

Auzzie will be a guest performer at our workshop with Americana Community Center.



Ceanna Johnson is a 2017 Hardin County Schools graduate who has always had a love for language arts and the written language. She has been writing poetry since April 2016, when she discovered Young Poets of Louisville. She has been featured in the 2017 Girl Project Voices HEaRd and co-founded a club in her hometown, Brandenburg, called Meade Teen Arts Community for youth in Meade County who don't usually get to see art such as slam poetry. She competed in the international youth poetry slam, Brave New Voices in 2016 and will be competing again in July of 2017 with the Young Poets of Louisville slam team. She plans to attend Murray State University in the fall of 2017 to pursue political science. 

Ceanna will be a guest performer at our workshop with Americana Community Center.

Sarabande Writing Labs is an arts-education program that supports writers in under-resourced communities through free workshops, publication, and literary events. To learn more, click here. To sponsor a writer in our current season, click here