2016 Editor's Choice Selection

The University of Akron Press is pleased to announce that Brazen Creature by Anne Barngrover is the Editor’s Choice selection for the 2016 Akron Poetry Prize competition, and will be published as part of the Akron Series in Poetry in 2018.
Brazen Creature spans a young woman’s awakening. The poems’ concerns are twofold: violence against women and girls that has become rooted in the land, and verdant female desire and self-assertion in the face of entrenched oppression. In the poems’ Midwestern towns and farmlands, patriarchy is a ghost that haunts the cottonwoods, soybean fields, and creek beds. The speaker is in limbo between fear and yearning, vulnerability and transgression, drought and flood, saving a life and needing to be saved.
Anne Barngrover is the author of Yell Hound Blues (Shipwreckt Books, 2013) and co-author, with poet Avni Vyas, of the chapbook Candy in Our Brains (CutBank, 2014). Her poems have appeared in North American Review, Ecotone, Crazyhorse, Copper Nickel, Indiana Review, and others. Anne earned her MFA from Florida State University and her PhD in English and Creative Writing from University of Missouri. She currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee. We are thrilled to welcome Anne to the University of Akron Press family.