Red Hen is pleased to anounce the 2015 Award Winners
Red Hen Press is pleased to announce the winners of its 2015 awards series. Winners of the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award, the RHP Fiction Award, and the RHP Nonfiction Award will receive book deals with Red Hen Press. Winners of the Red Hen Press Short Story Award, Poetry Award, and the LAR Wild Light Poetry Contest will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Los Angeles Review. All prizes include an honorarium.
This year's winners and finalists are:
Red Hen Press Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award (Judged by Carl Phillips)
Winner: Gabriel Jesiolowski for "As Burning Leaves"
First Runner-up: Christopher Nelson for "Riot Weather"
Second Runner-up: Mark Wagenaar for "Southern Tongues Leave Us Shining"
Finalists: Travis Mossotti, Aimee Baker, Armin Tolentino, Rita Banerjee, Christopher Nelson,
Julia Kilchinsky Dasbach, Michael J. Opperman
Red Hen Press Fiction Manuscript Award
Winner: Siel Ju for "Cake Time"
Runner-up: Peter Stenson for "The Extraordinary Lives of Retail Employees"
Runner-up: Sean Chadwell for "Map of the Moon"
Red Hen Press Nonfiction Manuscript Award
Winner: Chelsey Clammer for "Circadian"
Runner-up: Joshua Bernstein for "In Josaphat's Valley"
Runner-up: Amye Archer for "Fat Girl Skinny"
Finalist: Tarn Wilson for "In Praise of Inadequate Gifts"
Red Hen Press Poetry Award (Judged by Camile Dungy)
Winner: Dante Di Stefano for "Dreaming of Hokusai at Sloan-Kettering"
First Runner-up: John Sibley Williams for "This is Language Too"
Second Runner-up: Ellie Hastings for "We can pitch a tent anywhere"
Finalist: Emilio Sotleo for "poem 1 .txt"
Red Hen Press Short Story Award (Judged by Sean Bernard)
Winner: Ashley Shelby for "Pearl"
First Runner-up: Paula Spurlin Paige for "Posslqs"
Second Runner-up: Madhushree Ghosh for "The Whisper of Dead Wings"
Finalist: Dan Carlson for "How Are We Fixed For Time?"
Los Angeles Review Wild Light Poetry Contest (Judged by Amy Uyematsu)
Winner: Beth Filson for "Quiet the Dogs"
First Runner-up: Owen McLeod for "Mementomori.com"
Second Runner-up: Billie Tadros for "On Breaking; Or, On Braking"
Finalist: Rusty Morrison for "fashion statements: summer wear"
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An Interview with Lloyd Aquino
What role does Los Angeles play in your fiction?
When I’m writing genre fiction, Los Angeles is rarely a setting. Otherwise, I find that my stories are almost always set in the Los Angeles area. It’s partly a product of writing what I know, but I’ve also become increasingly interested in the lives of Los Angeles residents, especially those in the less affluent areas (such as Filipinotown, where I lived until the age of five).
To what degree do you think place shapes fiction in general?
The best fiction, regardless of genre or medium, makes the setting one of the characters. I’ve also learned by writing a few plays that setting can drive and determine the action that occurs. Admittedly, this is something that I’ve struggled to transfer to my fiction.
How does being a writer affect your work as a teacher and how does your work as a teacher affect your writing?
I tend to keep the two separate, with the exception that I teach composition and creative writing, so I’m either teaching writing or else writing myself. Teaching is my primary profession, so it is my first priority, and my writing often comes second. I’ve found that I only have so much creative energy, and it has to be divided between teaching and writing.
What is your current project?
Depending on the week, I am working on several projects. I’m in the revising and editing stage of my first novel, a western titled “All The Worst Cheats.” I’m also in the beginning stages of a new poetry project, focused on the theme of healing. Finally, I’m really excited to start working on a piece of fiction centered on a Filipino street artist; I don’t know yet what medium it will be, though I’m leaning toward a graphic novel.