Gunpowder Press is excited to announce that judge Jane Hirshfield has selected Aaron Baker’s Posthumous Noon as the winner of the 2017 Barry Spacks Poetry Prize. The editors are grateful to Jane Hirshfield for being our final judge and for her constant outspoken advocacy of poetry and its power. There were 195 manuscripts submitted for […]
As part of the Shoreline Voices Project, Gunpowder Press invites poets from Santa Barbara or adjacent counties (Ventura, San Luis Obispo, or Kern) to send up to 3 poems inspired by works in the permanent collection of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art for consideration for an anthology of poems to be published this fall. […]
In his “State Lines: California Poetry” column, David Roderick says “Nan Cohen [Unfinished City] has a cinematographer’s talent for framing an image.” We agree. Read more here.
We understand there are a LOT of poetry book contests out there and Gunpowder Press is a young press (founded in 2014). This is our 4th year hosting the Barry Spacks Poetry Prize. We are very proud of what we’ve accomplished with our poets so far, so here are a few reasons to submit your work […]
We asked Kurt Olsson, winner of the 2016 Spacks Prize for his book Burning Down Disneyland, what books he’s enjoying now: Garden Time, W.S. Merwin (Copper Canyon Press)—the poems tend to strike the same chord, but what a wonderful chord. You Never Know, Ron Padgett (Coffee House Press)—Padgett does what he does as effortlessly as […]
2015 Spacks Prize winner Catherine Abbey Hodges has had a SECOND poem from Instead of Sadness read by Garrison Keillor on Writer’s Almanac. Listen to “Dark and Late” here. Listen to “January Song,” from the January 21, 2016 Writer’s Almanac here. Both poem are from Instead of Sadness, the 2015 Barry Spacks Prize winner. Catherine’s […]