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for 20 years


Perugia Press Prize
for a First or Second Book by a Woman

Prize: $1000 and publication
Entry must be submitted between August 1 and November 15, 2016.


N E W   R E L E A S E :

  by Lisa Allen Ortiz

Winner of the 2016 Perugia Press Prize
for a first or second book of poetry by a woman

 With a naturalist’s insatiable curiosity and an intimacy that comes from prolonged and meticulous observation, Lisa Allen Ortiz guides us through a world that seems exotic, but which we ultimately recognize as the only world: our own.”
—Chase Twichell
THE POEMS IN Guide to the Exhibit HOLD UP A QUIRKY scientific lens—grimy, focused, funny, always illuminating—that animates the odd and overlooked. With humility and curiosity, Ortiz speaks the names of things—animals, skeletons, teeth, feathers—as a way of connecting with the complications of being alive. How does the stillness of an exhibit encourage us toward love and joy? Does studying details increase the pleasure of felt experience? Guide to the Exhibit faces these questions in a way that, as Thomas Lux says, “is madly in love with the world and its names, its things.”

Lisa Allen Ortiz was born and raised in Mendocino County, California. Her poems and translations have appeared in Narrative, Best New Poets 2013Beloit Poetry Journal, and The Literary Review. She is the author of two chapbooks: Turns Out and Self Portrait as a Clock. She lives in Santa Cruz where she teaches creative writing to middle school students.  
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November 10-15, 2016

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