Leah Poole Osowski - Hover Over Her: Wick Poetry First Book #22 & Rochelle Hurt - In Which I Play The Runaway
Winner of the 2015 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize, Osowski’s “exquisite debut” was selected by Adrian Matejka, who described the collection as “one that leaves you feeling equal parts unsettled and complicit in the geographies we construct and inhabit every day.” This ambitious volume follows three young women coming of age. By channeling their experiences through a single collective speaker, Osowski questions boundaries and definitions, opening rather than foreclosing questions of identity and gender.
Citing Hurt’s “Sylvia Plath-like abandon and urgency,” along with the “vigor and honesty that are felt in the gut,” Richard Blanco selected the poet’s second collection for the Barrow Street Book Prize. Hurt, a widely published poet whose work appeared in Best New Poets 2013, is also the author of The Rusted City, which features both verse and prose poetry, and she has won awards from Crab Orchard Review, Arts & Letters, Hunger Mountain, Phoebe, Poetry International, and others.