Hurston/Wright Legacy Award Nominees(Poetry)

Omg! I am looking forward to reading these poets. As an African American who loves to read and write poetry, I had to do this category first.

The Hurston/Wright Legacy awards have been around since 2001. This is for African American Writers from African Americans. So important to have our work judged by the same cultural lens. So without much further adieu:

Title: Approaching the Fields

Author: Chanda Feldman

Awards: Promise Award from the Sustainable Art Foundation

Recognition: Wallace Steger Fellowship at Stanford University

Title: Davida (published posthumously)

Author: Monica A. Hand

Awards: Winner of the 2010 Kinereth Gensler Award

Special note: after a 32-year career with the US Postal Service she received an MA in poetry and translation from Drew University in 2011. She moved to Columbia, Missouri to pursue a Ph.D. at the University of Missouri

Recognition: served as a founding member of the poetry collective poets for Ayiti

Previous works: Me and Nina

Title: American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assasin

Author: Terrence Hayes

Awards: 2018 TS Eliot Prize for Poetry 2018 and 2010 National Book Award 2016 NAACP Image Award for Poetry

Special note: Influenced by Wanada Coleman who he calls ” Miss Calamity”

Recognition: Fellow Mac Arthur Foundation and Guggenheim Foundation

Previous work: Muscular Music, Winding Box, Lighthead

Title: Pardon My Heart

Author: Marcus Jackson

Special note: Influenced by Tracy K.Smith” Life On Mars” and Philip Levine’s “One for the Rose” to the name a few

Recognition: Cave Canem Fellow

Previous works: Rundown, Neighborhood Register

Title: Mend

Author: Kwoya Fagin Maples

Awards: Finalist Robert Dana Anhinga Poet

Special notes: Directs a multi-discipline exhibit which combines, painting, photographs, poetry and film

Recognition: Cave Canem Fellow Homeschool Lambda Literary Fellow

Previous Works: Something of Yours

Title: Crosslight for Youngbird

Author: Asiya Wadud

Special note: Leads an English conversation group for immigrants at the Brooklyn Public Library

Recognition: Member Belladonna Collaborative

Upcoming Works: Syncope, No Knowledge is Complete Until It Passes through My Body.

I cannot wait to read these books this fall. I only have 3 more books on my TBR so I got room.🙂👊👍

Part two I will share the Fiction Nominees

Summer Reads The Writer Magazine (June 2019)

If you like Fiction check out:

1. Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

2. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

3. Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

4. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whiehead

5. The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

Short Stories

1. Orange World and Other Stories by Karen Russel

2. Exhalation: Dtories by Ted Chiang

If you like Nonfiction then checkout:

1. Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

2. Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep

3. Once More We Saw Stars: A memoir by Jason Greene

Ooooh can not wait to read Nickel Boys🙂

All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doer (Book review)

Synopsis:Marie-Laure Leblanc lives with her Father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works. When she is twelve ,the Nazis occupy Paris and Father flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie- Laure’s reclusive great uncle live in a house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.In a mining town in Germany , Werner Pfenning, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Warner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down resistance. Marie-Laure and Wernee, from warring countries, both having lost many people they loved, come together in Saint-Malo, As Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.My impressions:Very dynamic action filled beginning. They are about to be bombed in the opening scene. What can be more tense than this? Marie-Laure is a blind girl introduced early on. Who doesn’t have the assistance of a mother or father? So I am immediately wondering is she going to be ok? What’s with this tear shaped stone?Chapter 1 we are introduced to Werner and Jutta Pfennig who live just outside Essex, Germany. Much like Marie-Laure they are orphans. But they live at the Children’s House under the care of Frau Elena, who’s character I immediately find interesting. She is the house directess, who is a nun, who drinks occasionally and sings off key in French. One thing I noticed immediately was his use of setting. You are in scenes with characters every step of the way. Imagine my surprise when I find out the author lives in Idaho! I assumed he grew up in Paris. The intricate details make me feel like he’s been there. I also feel like I’ve been there. Of course good books do this travel the world without leaving your living room. Throughout the story there is foreshadowing concerning Marie Laure’s Father, by the time THINGS GO WRONG, it is heart-wrenching….but not shocking. Our story alternates from Marie- Laure and Werner’s perspective, from 1941- 1944 (mostly). By the time I got to page 167 I was wondering if these two were ever going to meet.I was intrigued by some of the minor characters; like Uncle Etienne, Marie Laure’s great uncle , who has not been right since WWI. There is Frederick, a classmate of Werner’s, with encyclopedic knowledge of birds. This character had an unflappable sense of self. The difficulty of reviewing a book that is this good is that I feel it’s already been said. It’s got ALL THE THINGS: good use of tension, strong well developed characters, and top notch descriptions. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars

Iron( poem) by Elizabeth Acevedo

And although I am a poet, I am not the bullet

I will not heat-seak the soft points

I am not the coroner who will graze her hand

Over naked knees.Who will swish her fingers

In the mouth. Who will flip the body over, her eye a hook

Fishing for government-issued lead.

I am not the sidewalk, which is unsurprised

As another cheek scrapes harsh against it.

Although I too enjoy soft palms on me;

Enjoy when he rests on my body with a hard breath;

I have clasped this man inside me and released him again and again

Listening to him die thousands of little deaths.

What is a good metaphor for a woman who loves in a time like this?

I am no scalpel or high thread sheet count. Not a gavel, or hand painted teacup.

I am neither. Nor romance by street lamp nor candelight;

My hands are not an iron, but look, they’re hot, look

How I place them in love on his skin

And still be able to unwrinkle his spine.

Book to Film adaptation: The Kitchen and Where’d You Go Bernadette

The Kitchen

Release date: August 9th

Based on: Olliemaster Comic Book series

Film synopsis: The wives of NY gangsters in Hell’s Kitchen in the 1970’s continues to operate their husbands racket after they are locked in prison.

Elizabeth Moss plays Claire Walsh

Melissa McCarthy (Kathy)

Tiffany Haddish (Ruby O’ Carroll)

Domhnall Gleeson (Gabriel O’Malley)

Jeremy Bobb. (Rob Walsh)

Common. (Gary Silvers)

James Badge Dale (Kevin O’ Carroll)

Where’D You Go, Bernadette,

Release Date : August 16

Based on: A novel by Maria Semple

Synopsis: Seattle Architect Bernadette Fox disappears right before a family trip to Antartica. The story is narrated by her teenage daughter, who of course wants to know where she went.


Cate Blanchett plays (Bernadette Fox)

Judy Greer. (Dr.Kurtz)

Kristen Wiig. (Audrey)

Lawrence Fishburne

Billie Crudup. (Elgie Branch)

Directed by Richard Linklater

Source: IMBD