Pushcart Prize Nominations and Peony Moon Picks

Many thanks to  poet Michelle McGrane, author of peony moon, for compiling an exhaustive list of poetry picks for 2009. Michelle posted nine days of readers’ top-three poetry collections of 2009. You can find my picks here.

Although the three books listed were top on my list the day I sent Michelle my selections, I could easily have added others. Each time I went to peony moon to see what the latest collections were, I thought of other books I could have listed, such as Robin Kemp’s fabulous This Pagan Heaven.

Kemp’s collection has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and well deserves to win.

I’d also like to thank Barry Harris, editor of the Tipton Poetry Journal, and Katie Kowalski, assistant editor, for including my poem “Everything is a Sign” among their nominations for the Pushcart Prize for 2009. I also need to give Read Write Poem their props, since my idea to write the poem came from one of their writing prompts.

Here’s a complete list of the poems the Tipton Poetry Journal nominated this year:

2009 Nominations

Gilbert Allen Inside Self-Storage (Winter 2009)
Matthew Landrum Rebecca With Tequila Shot (Spring 2009)
Bonnie Maurer Hymn To A Lost Breast (Spring 2009)
Christine Swint Everything is a Sign (Spring 2009)
Michael Brockley When the Woman in the White Sweater at the Cancelled Charles Simic Reading Asked If I Was David Shumate (Summer 2009)
Ruthelen Burns Fallen (Fall 2000)

11 thoughts on “Pushcart Prize Nominations and Peony Moon Picks

  1. Robin Kemp says:

    Christine, congratulations on your Pushcart nomination! You’re very kind. I should say that the Pushcart nomination was for a single poem, “Newsbrat Hooky.”

    Too bad there isn’t much recognition (outside of contests for publication) for chapbooks. Because This Pagan Heaven isn’t a few pages longer, it’s not eligible for, say, entry in the Lambda Literary Awards. Naturally, only a few places bother to review chapbooks; few just look at chapbooks as collections in their own right.

    The best award, though, is whenever someone says that they liked about the book. Thanks again!


  2. Julie says:

    Congratulations, Christine! That is so awesome and well deserved. I love that poem!

    Thanks for mentioning the others, because I love checking out the ones I don’t know. In case anybody hasn’t checked out Michelle’s list, it is the best one I’ve seen this year. I’m still having fun looking up books.

    Congrats again, Christine. You rock!!!


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