2017 Editor's Choice Selection

The University of Akron Press is pleased to announce that Quite Apart by Krystal Languell is the editor’s choice selection for the 2017 Akron Poetry Prize competition, and will be published as part of the Akron Series in Poetry in 2019.
Krystal Languell’s Quite Apart offers a guide to solitude in cities and strategies of resistance via “the business of double agency.” Whether through a lens on the mechanics of reading George Eliot’s Middlemarch or a quiet, parenthetical voice recasting familial roles, these poems consider the fraught nature of money and love and how much is too much to ask of one another. In her third collection, Languell chronicles the radical self-education of a woman “in sweatpants thinking about money.”
Krystal Languell is the author of the collections Call the Catastrophists (BlazeVox, 2011) and Gray Market (1913 Press, 2016) and several chapbooks. She has completed a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council workspace residency in 2014-15 and a Poetry Project Emerge-Surface-Be fellowship in 2013-14. A member of the Belladonna* Collaborative, she continues to publish the feminist poetry journal Bone Bouquet. Languell lives and writes in Chicago where she works for the Poetry Foundation.