Moschovakis, Wright win awards

The James Laughlin Award honors the most outstanding second collection of poetry from an American poet. The $5,000 award has been given to Anna Moschovakis’s collection You and Three Others Are Approaching a Lake (Coffee House Press, 2011), which Rachel Mennies reviewed for Coldfront in July.

The book was chosen by Juliana Spahr, Brian Teare, and Mónica de la Torre.

In her review, Mennies says,  “Culpability shadows You and Three Others Are Approaching A Lake: the culpability of early Western industrialists, whose greed led to the depletion and ruin of our natural world; the culpability of those who prefer violence to rhetoric (“can a grammar kill?” asks a quoted poet in “Death as a Way of Life”); and the culpability of those “person-bots,” perhaps all of us, who choose to exist online over existing humanly.”

More info on the award can be found here.

In other award news, C.D. Wright has won the Lenore Marshall Award for most outstanding book of a previous year. Her book, One With Others (Copper Canyon Press) was selected by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, D.A. Powell, and Martha Ronk. Wright will be awarded $25,ooo.

More information about both the award and C.D. Wright can be found here

Coldfront’s review of One With Others can be read here.






-steven karl