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Don Lago focuses on messages from outer space, Barbara Mann focuses on the films of Amos Gitai, Alesia Fay Montgomery focuses on Detroit.
Fiction, recent and early, from Nicholas Delbanco (with introductions from Peter Ho Davies and Jonathan Freedman); also from Karen Heuler, Angie Pelekidis, Shubha Sunder, and Hannah Thurman.
Poetry from Martha Collins, Laura Kasischke, Circe Maia, Aaron McCollough, Matthew Moser Miller.
Rachel Morgenstern-Clarren has won the 2014 Page Davidson Clayton Prize for Emerging Poets, which is awarded annually to the best poet appearing in MQR who has not yet published a book. The award, which is determined by the MQR editors, is in the amount of $500.
MQR Poetry Editor Keith Taylor writes that her poem “The Astronaut 512 Miles from the Earth” does “a lovely job recreating the image of light seen from space, how it occurs all around the planet in weird and unexpected ways, and then the light becomes a metaphor. She connects that light both with the act of writing about it and with the body of the beloved. It becomes a very ambitious short poem, a genuine accomplishment.”
Haesong Kwon has won the 2014 Laurence Goldstein Poetry Prize, which is awarded annually to the author of the best poem or group of poems appearing that year in Michigan Quarterly Review. His poem “Epistle,” appeared in the Fall 2014 issue.
This year’s judge, Khaled Mattawa, writes:
Haesong Kwon’s “Epistle” is a minimalist gem that employs a taut Modernist esthetic to tell an American immigrant saga where identity, grief, and the acceptance of change tussle and generate varied emotions. It is a profound telegram/epistle from a poet who has thought hard about the attendant themes of exile and managed to put the best words in the best order.
Courtney Sender has won the $1000 Lawrence Foundation Prize for 2014. The prize is awarded annually by the Editorial Board of MQR to the author of the best short story published that year in the journal. Sender’s story “We Can Practice Starts” appeared in the Spring 2014 issue.