Bridled will be published in spring 2018 by Pleiades Press. Jaswinder Bolina says of this book, “Bridled is poetry as slow-burn opera. You’re going to want to read this book for its every crisp and jarring image, its every ingenious line and phrase, and if that isn’t enough, this is a collection enriched by plot, conflict, and character development, all the page-turning stuff of high drama. The poems here offer, in reverse chronology, the story of a crumbling relationship between an unnamed speaker and her nameless ‘lover.’ In this telling, Bridled articulates a politics of self versus other, of body and gender, of loneliness and togetherness. It’s a collection you’re going to want to read from start to finish and then from finish to start.”
The finalists for this year’s contest were: Alison Adair, Dorothy Chan, David M. deLeon, Stevie Edwards, Nicholas Gulig, Mikko Harvey, Chris Huntington, Su Hwang, Julia Koets, and Felicia Zamora.