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Runner-up for the Dorset Prize judge by Dana Levin. More info HERE

 

Interview with Julie Brooks Barbour at Connotation Press about my Venus Poems, read it HERE

"I often turn back to a short essay Adrienne Rich wrote about Anne Sexton’s suicide in which she writes, “We have had enough suicidal women poets, enough suicidal women, enough of self-destructiveness as the sole form of violence permitted to women.” Ending silences is the only way I know to work through this cycle of self-destructiveness..."

First Place Winner of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award for the poem "Avowal"

 

For more information about the contest including the other winners, Faisal Moyhuddin and Bryce Berkowitz, click HERE 

 

News about the contest was posted in numerous news outlets including the Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, USNEWS, Daily Herald and elsewhere as well as on  the radio in Chicago and on the television in Carbondale.

 

Read about the contest on Rhino Poetry's Blog as well HERE

Nominated for 4 Pushcart Prizes this year, by Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Muse-pie Press, and Paper Nautilus Press. Check out Glass' nominations HERE and Pittsburgh Poetry Review's HERE

"Venus in Art Therapy" published in Muzzle Magazine discussed on Wildness Blog HERE

"What I love about this poem is how down-to-earth Venus is, how I too relate to the “state of endless falling” of experience with men. There’s pain and hurt in the poem’s emotional background, but it’s never one-dimensional. It’s because of lines like “[a]ll that’s left of the shutters and doors are golden / hinges gleaming in sunlight” that damages us as deeply as it does, but not without eventual repair." - Hannah Cohen

 

Launch of Book Review Blog Fork & Page. Check it out HERE

 

New Editorial Position: Started as Associate Poetry and Book Review Editor at Green Mountains Review

Writers of the Week: June 23rd- Maudlin House. Check it out HERE

 

Finalist for Phoebe Journal's Greg Grummer Poetry Award. Check out the work of the other finalists as well as the winner of the contest HERE

 

Poetry Feature: At Muse-Pie Press Check it out HERE

 

Poet Profile: Interview with Evanston Public Library- Check it out HERE

 "I started writing poetry because of poets, because poets are some of the most welcoming, curious, and interesting people I’ve ever met, and in many ways it felt to me like I had discovered a new family."

Beyond the Lake Prize: In conversation with Midwestern Gothic-

"In the adjoining room there is a immersive video where you feel what it might sound like and feel like to be inside of a womb, listen to your mother’s heartbeat, and the voice-over explained that it wasn’t total darkness in the womb but that there was light. This idea made me tremble."

© 2015 by Anita Olivia Koester

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