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David Ebenbach’s first full-length collection of poetry, We Were the People Who Movedis available from Tebot Bach. The book won the Patricia Bibby First Book Award. “These profoundly moving poems register in the reader’s heart and won’t be budged. Truth-telling and tonic, they are poems by which to measure one’s life,” Kelly Cherry has written of Ebenbach’s work. For Jesse Lee Kercheval, We Were the People Who Moved ”is a journey you will be grateful for having taken, a book that will stay with you long after the last poem.”

Ebenbach has several recent publication credits. In August, his story “Nobody Else Gets to Be Crazy When You’re Being Crazy,” was featured in the online edition of AGNI. His poem “Everything is Going to Be Okay” appeared in the March 2014 edition of Stirring: A Literary Collection, as well as in The Ilanot Review: Sacred Words. Ebenbach, winner of the 2012 WWPH Fiction Prize, has also contributed poetry to the Washington Post’s weather blog, Capital Weather Gang.

The new chapbook by Brandel France de Bravo, “Mother, Loose” won the Accents Publishing Prize in 2014 and was published in January 2015. Sandra Beasley, author of “I Was The Universe,” writes: “Deft and heartbreaking, these poems ask us to step out from under the sheltering wing of Mama Goose, and into the arms of Morpheus.” Read an interview with the author here. The chapbook may be purchased online from the Accents Publishing website.

Sid Gold’s latest book, Good With Oranges, was published in January 2015 by Broadkill River Press. About the author, Lyubomir Nikolov writes: “Sid Gold is a quintessential American poet…who keeps expanding his artistic universe.” During 2014, Gold received a Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) Individual Artist Award for Poetry; his second such award.

The Baltimore Review published Piotr Gwiazda’s poem ”The Propertyless”. In Translation, a web-exclusive section of The Brooklyn Rail featured Gwiazda’s translations of poems by Grzegorz Wróblewski.

Kathleen Hellen, author of Umberto’s Night (WWPH, 2012), has recent work in Rhino and The Wide Shore. In 2015, Poetry Daily featured her poem “A Month of Sundays,” which originally appeared in Tar River Poetry. Read it here.

Hellen’s latest chapbook, Pentimento was released in August 2014. It is her second chapbook with Finishing Line Press.

Of Hellen’s “How I Came to Some Advantage”, one of the poems in the upcoming chapbook,Swarm Poetry Editor Dillon J. Welch says:

“The economy of her words, the strange pigment in images, the unanticipated ways in which her lines unfold and break off; these are few of the many reasons I was compelled to publish Kathleen’s poem. On first read, it was evident that this poem was of another planet, another solar system entirely. But it’s what kept me returning that made me truly fall in love: “I see / inside crying the signs beyond shadows I seem. What looks to be / the reason is the trees are signs, confounding.” This poem is the picture of innovation in writing, and for that I love it, as you should, too.”

You can read the poem here. The chapbook can be ordered directly from Finishing Line Press.

Hellen’s poetry has appeared recently in Drunken Boat and Oyster Boy Review, which also published her review of poet Junzaburō Nishiwaki’s The Modern Fable.

Elisavietta Ritchie’s essay on the Macomb Street Workshops has been published in Beltway Poetry Quarterly. Ritchie’s piece focuses on three notable writers — Maxine S. Combs, Elizabeth Follin-Jones, and Hillary Tham — who were stalwarts of the 1980s-era workshops hosted by Ritchie.

Ritchie has recent poetry in Loch Raven Review, The Ledge, and Lalitamba Journal. Recent fiction by Ritchie appeared in Issue 47 of Prime Number.

David Taylor recently had two new stories appear in print: “Lovely, Dark and Deep” in Gargoyle 61, and “That Red Vest” in The MacGuffin’s Fall 2014 issue.

 2014 Fiction and Poetry Winners

Washington Writers Publishing House (WWPH) is pleased to announce the winners of its annual fiction and poetry contests.

Poet Christopher Ankney’s book Hearsay has been selected as the winner of the Jean Feldman Poetry Prize, and will be published by WWPH this coming fall. Ankney grew up in Defiance, Ohio, at the confluence of the Maumee and Auglaize Rivers. He earned an M.F.A. in Poetry at Columbia College Chicago in 2006. A John Woods Sc

holar at Western Michigan University’s 2005 Prague Summer Program, his poems have appeared in journals such as Gulf CoastHayden’s Ferry Review, and Prairie Schooner. He teaches at Anne Arundel Community College and Montgomery College. He and his wife Lynn live in Annapolis, Maryland, with their toddler son and their Italian Greyhound, Izzie.

This year’s WWPH Fiction Prize has been awarded to Catherine Bell and her novel Rush of Shadows. A New Englander who’s lived in Paris, Brasilia, Nova Scotia, Northern California, and Washington, DC, Bell is a teacher at Washington International School, where she enjoys reading great literature with teenagers. She holds degrees from Harvard and Stanford and served in the Peace Corps and inner city schools. Recent stories appear in The Northern Virginia Review and South Carolina Review.

Please join us in congratulating the winners and look for these two exciting new books from WWPH in the fall.

2013 Fiction and Poetry Winners Announced

WWPH is excited to announce the winners of its 2013 fiction and poetry contests.

The 2013 Fiction award winner is Kathleen Wheaton’s Aliens and Other Stories, a collection of linked short stories that journeys into the hearts of exiles and expatriates near and far—their homes, their native families, their desires.

Robert Herschbach’s Loose Weather is the 2013 winner of The Jean Feldman Poetry Prize. Herschbach’s poems move with an “alchemical layering of imagery and thought,” the stealth of a forest animal, and an energy that is haunting.

Watch for these two wonderful new books, coming out this fall.

2012 Fiction and Poetry Winners Announced

WWPH is pleased to announce the winners of its 2012 fiction and poetry contests.

The 2012 Fiction award winner is David Ebenbach’s Into the Wilderness, a collection of short stories about a wide variety of people finding their way as parents in a world where that enormous responsibility comes without a guidebook. Ebenbach’s first book of short stories, Between Camelots(University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005), won the Drue Heinz Literature Prize. The Artist’s Torah, a non-fiction guide to the creative process through a Jewish spiritual lens, will be published by Cascade Books in 2013.

From North Avenue and Fells Point to the old mill towns in Pennsylvania’s Mon Valley, Umberto’s Night—the 2012 winner of The Jean Feldman Poetry Prize from the Washington Writers’ Publishing House—is Kathleen Hellen’s ghost-walk through the post-industrial landscape.

Hellen’s poems have appeared in numerous journals and were featured on WYPR’s The Signal. Her chapbook The Girl Who Loved Mothra was published in 2010 by Finishing Line Press. Hellen has received awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts, and the Appalachian Writers Association, as well as poetry prizes from the H.O.W. Journal,Washington Square Review, and the Thomas Merton Prize for Poetry of the Sacred. She lives in Baltimore.

Jehanne Dubrow Wins Several 2011 Awards

Jehanne Dubrow received a $6,000 Individual Artists’ Award from the Maryland State Arts Council in May 2011. On May 9th, American Life in Poetry featured her poem “Chernobyl Year,” as poem of the week. This is the opening poem in Jehanne’s fourth book, Red Army Red, which is scheduled for release by Northwestern University Press in the autumn of 2012. In August, Jehanne became the Interim Director of the Rose O’Neill Literary House at Washington College in Chestertown, MD. She continues to teach literature and creative writing at Washington College.

Jehanne’s third book, Stateside, was winner of the 2011 Society of Midland Authors Award in Poetry and was also named a 2010 ForeWord Book of the Year Finalist in Poetry. In October, three of her prose poems from her manuscript-in-progress, The Arranged Marriage, won the top prize of the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award for poetry on the Jewish experience.

Jehanne’s recent publications include poems in Copper Nickel 16The Southern Review, andMeasure. Additional poems will appear in forthcoming issues of MeridianNew Orleans ReviewNinth LetterSouthwest ReviewThird Coast, and Zeek.

2011 Fiction and Poetry Winners Announced

WWPH is pleased to announce the winners of its 2011 fiction and poetry contest.

The Color of My Soul by Melanie S. Hatter won the fiction prize. Living in Southwest Virginia in 1993, Kira Franklin begins to question her own culture when she pursues a story on a local Cherokee community raising money to reclaim ancestral lands. The Harper family is part of a long line of Cherokee leaders, and their knowledge and devotion to retaining their history make Kira long for a sense of self. But the history she knows about her own family&151;that her father fought and died in Vietnam&151;gets turned on its head when her mother announces that her father is alive and very different from the person Kira had imagined.

Bloodcoal & Honey, a poetry collection by Dan Gutstein, won the poetry prize. This collection, divided into three equal parts, explores themes of murder, love, and illness in phrasing that will startle and engage a variety of readers. E. Ethelbert Miller describes the poetry in this collection as “almost a film noir moment on the page.”

For more information on WWPH’s annual fiction and poetry contests, visit our Become an Author page.

Latest Reviews of Our 2010 Books

2010 poetry winner Words We Might One Day Say by Holly Karapetkova was named one of the Best Poetry Books of 2010 by poet and blogger Grace Cavalieri.

2010 fiction winner Andrew Wingfield has received several positive reviews for his collection, Right of Way, including Washington City PaperPrecipitate, and Rain Taxi.

2010 Fiction and Poetry Winners Announced

WWPH is pleased to announce the winners of its 2010 fiction and poetry contests.

Right of Way, a short story collection by Andrew Wingfield, won the fiction prize and will be published on October 15, 2010. This collection takes place in Cleave Springs, a gentrifying neighborhood in the shadow of the nation’s capital. These insightful, humane, and beautifully crafted stories introduce us to the neighborhood’s dazzling variety of characters—long-time survivors and new arrivals, preservationists and visionaries, black people and white people—as they navigate the complexities of diversity and change, and strive to realize a comforting vision of home.

Words We Might One Day Say, a poetry collection by Holly Karapetkova, won the poetry prize and will also be published on October 15, 2010. The book ranges from prose poems to sonnets, using a variety of voices and experiences to portray love and loss, marriage and domesticity, parenting and motherhood. Many of the poems are inspired by folklore and myth, and many deal with the American author’s encounters with her adopted Bulgarian culture. The first poem in the collection, “The Woman Who Wanted a Child,” introduces the book’s themes by asking questions about the limits of motherhood, taking its cue from the mythological experience of metamorphosis.

For more information on WWPH’s annual fiction and poetry contests, visit our Become an Author page.

David Taylor Nominated for Writer’s Guild Award

“Soul of a People,” the companion documentary to David Taylor‘s recent historical nonfiction book of the same title (Wiley, 2009), was nominated for a Writer’s Guild Award. “Soul of a People” explores the Federal Writer’s Project, a Depression-era WPA program that employed a “who’s who” of contemporary American writers, from pulp crime fiction writer Jim Thompson to Zora Neal Hurston of Harlem Renaissance fame. As Taylor writes, their efforts “made up America’s first self-portrait” and “revealed the eccentricity, humor, brutality, and ingenuity” of its people.

Winners of the Writer’s Guild Awards were presented on February 20, 2010 at ceremonies in both Los Angeles and New York. Watch the official promo video for “Soul of a People” :

For more information on the film, the book, or the WWPH author who started it all, visitdavidataylor.com.

WWPH Hosts First Annual Writers’ Ball

Writers Ball

On October 17, 2009, WWPH hosted its first annual Writers’ Ball. Poets, journalists, novelists, playwrights, speechwriters, essayists, short story writers and friends of writers gathered at Danzon Art Gallery in Adams Morgan to support and celebrate WWPH, which has published and promoted local writers for over 35 years.

WWPH would like to thank everyone who helped make its fundraising event a huge success! Special thanks to our sponsors: DiageoEatonville RestaurantBusboys and PoetsWhole Foods,Occasions Caterers, and the Four Seasons Hotel.

For photos from this year’s Ball, visit our Writers’ Ball page.

News and Reviews

David Taylor has an article in the Spring 2010 issue of The Writer’s CarouselThe Writer’s Center‘s members-only newsletter. Taylor will also teach workshops there this summer, as well as in the fall when he will be joined by Ramona D.

Elisavietta Ritchie has poems in the online journals The Broadkill Review and Innisfree, as well as poems for upcoming publication in several anthologies.

Elisavietta Ritchie gave a reading of her poetry at Montgomery College, Rockville, MD on October 29. The same day, a professor at University of California, Los Angeles, held a reading of Richie’s “Awaiting Permission to Land” and “Raking the Snow” from an audio recording. Copies of the recording on CD are available for sale via WWPH.

Kim Roberts recently published four poems in the print journal Ocho‘s 23rd issue, guest edited byGrace Cavalieri. Roberts was also featured with one poem in a chapbook anthology titled The Lowly, Exalted, and Other Poems, published at the University of Southern Maine to accompany an exhibition at their Atrium Art Gallery entitled “Spineless Wonders: Invertebrates as Inspiration.”

Kim Roberts also has poems in two new issues of online journals. Five poems from her “Imaginary Husband” Series appeared recently in No Tell Motel. Another poem, “Hearing Loss,” appeared inUnsplendid. The poems can be accessed at notellmotel.org and unsplendid.com.

Barbara Lefcowitz has recently set up a website of selected poetry and prose. Her website can be accesssed at blefcowitzpoetry.com.

David Taylor‘s Success: Stories is a finalist for the 2009 Library of Virginia Literary Award in fiction. Awards are given to outstanding Virginia authors in the areas of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and are presented at the annual Virginia Literary Awards Celebration in Richmond, VA. For more information, visit lva.virginia.gov.

Elisavietta Ritchie‘s short story “Maybe It Was The Moths” appears in the new Gargoyle anthology,Gravity Dancers (Peabody Press, 2009). She also created and published Here, Even The Blue Crabs Compose, an anthology of 20+ poets in Anne Arundel and Calvert counties. Ritchie leads a workshop “Re-Create Your Life: creative memoir writing” every second Wednesday of the month at Calvert Library, Prince Frederick, and also serves as a poet-in-the-schools.

Brandel France de Bravo is editor of a forthcoming anthology called Mexican Poetry Today: 20/20 Voices (Shearsman, 2009). For more information on this title, visit shearsman.com.

David Taylor gave a talk at Fountain Books in Richmond, VA on July 5th about his new book, Soul of a People: The WPA’s Writers’ Project Uncovers Depression Era America (Wiley, 2009). The event was featured by CSPAN2′s BookTV.