We’re excited to announce the shortlist for the 2020 Indiana Authors Awards in the poetry category! Congratulations to the following Hoosier authors and their books:
Lindsey Alexander, Bloomington, for Rodeo in Reverse, a poetry collection woven from bits of Americana: married life, art history, pioneers, witches and more.
Callista Buchen, Franklin, for Look Look Look, a collection of prose poems exploring motherhood with honesty, in all its beauty and realities.
Eugene Gloria, Greencastle, for Sightseer in This Killing City, which is set in the aftermath of presidential elections in the U.S. and Philippines and is an argument for grace and perseverance in an era of bombast and bullies.
Debra Kang Dean, Bloomington, for Totem: America, her fifth collection of poetry and a meditation on grief and grievance in contemporary America.
Kevin McKelvey, Indianapolis, and a University of Indianapolis faculty member, for Dream Wilderness Poems, a collection that draws from Indiana’s environmental history, particularly the Charles C. Deam Wilderness Area in Monroe County.
Shari Wagner, former Indiana Poet Laureate and Westfield resident, for The Farm Wife’s Almanac, in which the farm wife emerges as a prophetic voice from America’s heartland speaking to the many changes that threaten to uproot all that she loves.