We are pleased to announce the winner of our annual poetry contest: Elaine Mott's Splitting the Velvet Dark.
Our finalist judge was Dorothea Lasky, a professor of poetry at Columbia University's School of the Arts, and the author of three full-length collections of poems including Thunderbird, Black Life, and AWE. She is the 2013 Bagley Wright Fellow in Poetry.
Lasky called Mott's work "a gift" and a guide to help us through our days. "I love this book and I love this poet. She is brave and strong and clear-headed."
Lasky said the book is one to carry through life, if one is like Mott's:
heavy and darkly mysterious
fed by the secret river of her dreaming
Splitting the Velvet Dark will be released in print and as a digital edition in April 2014.