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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 awarded the 2020 J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize from the Poetry Foundation, and is the 2023 winner of the Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from the American Poetry Review. A native New Orleanian, she holds an MFA in poetry from New York University, where she was a Writers in the Public Schools Fellow.

Clay Ventre

It's Not Love Till Someone Loses an Eye (Nixes Mate Review)

Clay Ventre lives and writes in New England.

Long List Finalists, Selected by Our Panel of Readers

Victoriano Cárdenas

Portraits as Animals (Bloomsday Literary)

Victoriano Cárdenas is a trans poet and native of Taos. He graduated with an MFA in 2020 from the University of New Mexico where he served as editor in chief of Blue Mesa Review and executive editor of Skull + Wind Press. His literary work has appeared in Witchcraft Magazine, Terraform by VICE, [PANK], and Quarterly West. Cárdenas co-wrote and appeared in the Audible Original Eminent Domain and currently writes for Lime Salt Productions and Meow Wolf. He lives in Albuquerque with his rescue dog, Sophie.

J.D. Debris

The Scorpion's Question Mark (Autumn House Press)

J.D. Debris was born in Salem, MA. He holds an MFA from New York University, where he was a Goldwater Fellow. In addition to the Donald Justice Prize, his work has received awards from Ploughshares and Narrative. His other releases include the chapbook Sparring and the music albums Black Market OrgansJ.D. Debris Murder Club, and Yanquis. Formerly a touring musician and an amateur boxer, he currently works as a teaching artist in the Boston Public Schools.

Jesse Nathan

Eggtooth (Unbound Edition Press)

Jesse Nathan was raised in northern California and rural Kansas. He teaches literature at UC Berkeley, and he was a founding editor of the McSweeney’s Poetry Series. His poems have appeared in The New York Review of BooksThe Paris Review, and The New Republic. Eggtooth is his first book. It was also a finalist for the Golden Poppy Award and the Medal Provocateur/Eric Hoffer Award, and was also a long-list finalist for the Nossrat Yassini Poetry Prize. The collection won the 2024 New Writers Award in Poetry.

Olatunde Osinaike

Tender Headed (Akashic Books)

Originally from the West Side of Chicago, Olatunde Osinaike is a Nigerian American poet and software developer. He is the winner of the Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize, a Frontier Poetry Industry Prize, and honorable mention for the Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Award in Poetry. His work has appeared in Best New Poets, New Poetry from the Midwest, Kweli Journal, Wildness, Southeast Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Atlanta.

Simon Shieh

Master (Sarabande Books)

Simon Shieh is a poet, essayist, and educator. His first collection of poems, Master (2023), was selected by Terrance Hayes for Sarabande Books' Kathryn A. Morton Prize. His work has been recognized with a 2023 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, a 2021 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship, and 2nd place in Narrative's 30 Below Contest 2020. Simon is also working on a nonfiction project that attempts to understand the defining features of a poetics of trauma.

In Beijing he founded the teen creative arts platform, InkBeat Arts, and co-founded the Spittoon Literary Magazine, which translates and publishes the best new Chinese writers in English.

From 2009-14, Simon competed as an amateur and professional Muay Thai fighter in Thailand, China, Brazil, and Argentina. From 2015-17, he taught American Literature and Society at China Foreign Affairs University on a Princeton in Asia fellowship. The following year, he served as Writer in Residence at the International School of Beijing. He currently lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Charlotte, and their dog, Momo.

Myles Taylor

Masculinity Parable (Game Over Books)

Myles Taylor (they/he) is a transmasculine writer, organizer, host, food service worker, Capricorn-Aquarius cusp, and glitter enthusiast. They hold a BA from Emerson College’s Writing, Literature and Publishing program, where they began their stint as an award-winning poetry slam competitor. They currently live amongst the rats of Boston's Allston-Brighton neighborhood and host the historic Wednesday night poetry show at the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge. Their list of publications can be found at myles-taylor.com, and their neuroses can be found on Twitter @mylesdoespoems.

Taylor will be reading at the Nossrat Yassini Poetry Festival on Sunday, April 14. See our Schedule page for more info!

Candace Williams

I Am the Most Dangerous Thing (Alice James Books)

Candace Williams is a poet and interdisciplinary artist. I Am the Most Dangerous Thing (Alice James Books, 2023) is their debut full-length poetry collection. Candace earned their Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) from Claremont McKenna College and Master of Arts in Education from Stanford University. They grew up in the Pacific Northwest and found love and poetry in Brooklyn, New York. Now, Candace lives and makes art in New England.