First Annual Slate Roof Press Chapbook Winner
Slate Roof Press is delighted to announce the selection of
Amanda Lou Doster was a finalist in the 2011 Hedgerow Books competition and winner of the 2009 Poet's Seat Poetry Contest. She holds a MFA from the University of New Hampshire and has lived in Northern Ireland and East Germand, in addition to Toronto and six states in the US before putting down roots in western Massachusetts. She lives with her husband and son on an acre of wetlands in Greenfield, MA.
Our finalists are:
We at Slate Roof thank everyone who participated for their considerable time and work in submitting a manuscript. The selection process was long and difficult; we received many excellent manuscripts representing a broad spectrum of poetic styles and concerns.Our selection process is blind, and all were considered seriously.
What we admired most in Amanda's work was the deceptively simple narrative voice, the way her sentences began straightforward journeys into common events or memories and then shift and dive into cultural landscapes and explorations of the human psyche. Her poems are accessible and intricate; more importantly, they have heart. Here is one sample from her manuscript:
It's the Equinox and I Can't Sleep
because I lack grace in transitions,
even ones that happen every year and only mean it's time
to pull mulch off the garden, to find out
how many bulbs came uneaten through winter.
By March my faith wears thin. I know rodents prefer tulips
and I'm convinced I'll have none this year. Last night
in our bed I lay far from you and imagined what spring
could do to us. I haven't told you
I always want to move in the spring, sell it all
Then it was fall - I ran out of money in Arkansas
Now there's you, with your own flight impulses and
--From The Members of the Slate Roof Collective
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Watch our website for the announcement of the 2015 contest!