My big-headed hydrangeas are in bloom!
Big congrats to the ladies!
Nominees for The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award
Aracelis Girmay, Kingdom Animalia (BOA Editions Ltd.)
Evie Shockley, The New Black (Wesleyan)
Tracy K. Smith, Life on Mars (Graywolf Press)
Also congrats to Tayari Jones for her fiction nomination for Silver Sparrow (Algonquin Books).
I have read all of these books and they're all fabulous!
Also, big ups to Reggie Harris for winning the Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize for his forthcoming collection Autogeography. Look for it in 2013.
Lastly, a nice article by Doug Holder on Afaa Michael Weaver: Somerville Poet Afaa Michael Weaver: From the mean streets of East Baltimore to a road paved with literary acclaim