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2024 Nossrat Yassini Poetry Prize Finalists

2024 Nossrat Yassini Poetry Prize Finalists Short List Finalists, Selected by Camille Dungy Karisma Price I'm Always So Serious (Sarabande Books) Karisma Price is an assistant professor of English at Tulane University. A poet, screenwriter, and media artist, she is the author of I'm Always So Serious (Sarabande Books, 2023). Her work has appeared in publications including Poetry, Indiana Review, Oxford American, Four Way Review, Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day Series, and elsewhere. She is a Cave Canem Fellow, was a finalist for the 2019 Manchester Poetry Prize, was...

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Yas Press

Yas Press, housed in the University of New Hampshire’s English Department, publishes three books a year featuring the best poetry in New Hampshire: an anthology of poems by New Hampshire teens, an anthology of poems by USNH Students, and a previously unpublished poetry collection of extraordinary quality written by an emerging or established New Hampshire poet. These prize-winning publications are made possible through the generous support of the YAS Foundation in honor of poet and poetry lover, Nossrat Yassini. In addition, The Nossrat Yassini Poetry Prize—an annual award given each year...

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2024 Nossrat Yassini Poetry Prize Winner: Kweku Abimbola

2024 Nossrat Yassini Poetry Prize Winner Kweku Abimbola For his collection Saltwater Demands a Psalm (Graywolf Press) We're delighted to announce that final judge Camille Dungy has selected Kweku Abimbola's debut, Saltwater Demands a Psalm, as the inaugural Nossrat Yassini Poetry Prize winner. Published in April 2023, the collection saw publication via Graywolf Press as the winner of the 2022 First Book Award from the Academy of American Poets.  Born in The Gambia in 1997, Kweku Abimbola earned his MFA in Poetry Writing from the  University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program....

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2024 Granite State Poetry Prize Winner: Kevin McLellan

2024 Granite State Poetry Prize Winner Kevin McLellan For the collection SKY. POND. MOUTH. We're thrilled to announce Kevin McLellan as the winner of the 2024 Granite State Poetry Prize. Kevin's collection SKY. POND. MOUTH. was selected by the New Hampshire Poet Laureate, Alexandria Peary. Kevin's book will be released at the Nossrat Yassini Poetry Festival on April 13, 2024. Congratulations, Kevin! We look forward to celebrating with you this spring. Visit Kevin's Website

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Teacher Fellows

English teachers bring the beauty and power of language into the classroom, empowering students to put their feelings into words.  These teaching fellowships offer a stipend to teachers who have devoted themselves to developing pedagogical innovations in the teaching of poetry.  Fellows participate in the creation of a poetry curriculum the summer before the festival, which will then be available to other teachers, encouraging them to bring poetry into their classrooms. This year's fellows are John Bouton, Kiara Krukoff, Sarah Craig, Dennis Magliozzi, Courtney Marshall, Kristina Peterson,...

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Volunteers

Love poetry, and poetry festivals, and helping out? Perfect! We need you. Fill out this form to volunteer for the Nossrat Yassini Poetry Festival! Volunteer for a shift or two: you’ll gain community organizing experience, meet fellow poetry lovers, and get a special edition t-shirt made only for volunteers. We’ll make sure you still have plenty of time to attend events and take part in the fun. Sign up today. We can’t do it without you.

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