Pushcart Prize & Ohioana Book Award Nominations

By Dianne Borsenik

Each year, Pushcart Press permits little magazine and small press editors to nominate up to six works by writers they’ve published during the calendar year. The deadline is December 1st. Acceptances for the annual Pushcart Prize Best of the Presses anthology usually begin arriving in April.

This year, NightBallet Press is pleased and honored to nominate the following poets and their poems for this year’s Pushcart Prize:

Kathleen S. Burgess
“Walnuts”
from the NightBallet Press book The Wonder Cupboard, September 2019

Karen Schubert
“Letter to Youngstown”
from the NightBallet Press book Dear Youngstown, February 2019

Sean Thomas Dougherty
“Ask the Ghost Roads”
from the NightBallet Press book The Answer Is Not Here, May 2019

Lisa M. Dougherty
“Ask of the Feather You Found on the Ground”
from the NightBallet Press book The Answer Is Not Here, May 2019

Gregg Shapiro
“Florida Bang Bang”
from the NightBallet Press book Sunshine State, July 2019

Julio Montalvo Valentin
“13 Ways of Looking at Rice”
from the NightBallet Press book Those Who Pray to Rice, November 2019

Each year, NightBallet Press proudly nominates books written by Ohio residents for the Ohioana Book Award. The Ohioana Book Awards are the second oldest, and among the most prestigious, state literary prizes in the U.S. This year, we are pleased and honored to nominate the following books for the 2020 Ohioana Book Award in poetry:

The Curve of Her Arm by Robin Mullet & Holli Rainwater

The Wonder Cupboard by Kathleen S. Burgess

Dear Youngstown
by Kathleen Schubert

Results of the judging will be announced in July 2020.

Congratulations and good luck to all the nominees!

Thank you to all the poets who have entrusted me to make books for you. It is an honor and a privilege to work with you and your poems.

This year has been an especially difficult one for me personally, and I appreciate the support, encouragement, and patience of everyone involved with the press. We experienced delays and fewer publications, but the books we did publish are full of outstanding and astonishingly beautiful poetry. There is more to come in 2020!

Source:: NightBallet Press