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!