Cynthia Manick has won Third Place at Frontier Poetry Award For New Poets for "Self-Portrait No.5 (Phoenix and Lullabies," December 2018, Selected by Victoria Chang https://www.frontierpoetry.com/2018/12/04/winners-award-for-new-poets-2018/
Cynthia Manick has been awarded First Place in the Woven Tale Press Literary Award which includes publication in Woven Tale Press Magazine and a one-week retreat in Elizabeth Sloan’s Hamptons house on Long Island one block from the ocean, beach, and town. https://www.thewoventalepress.net/2018/10/17/wtp-2018-first-place-literary-winner/
The open reading period for The Adirondack Review on the theme "imagining tomorrow" is now open. Guest edited by Cynthia Manick, this issue will feature poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, translation, and hybrid works that imagine the future. We are looking for variety in vision including works that address afrofuturism, joy, the political, the cosmic, the apocalyptic, family relationships, the dystopian, and slices of everyday life. Submit here!
I'm pleased to announce that Underwater NY will be selling my broadside, Requiem for Sea and Chains, based on a Chester Higgins photograph and the Middle Passage, to benefit immigrant communities through Aug. 1. All proceeds will go to Make the Road New York. If you love poetry and want to give back, consider this $15 purchase http://underwaternewyork.com/shop-1/broadside-maafa-rebirth-requiem-for-sea-and-chains
THE FOLLOWING IS one of six pieces by former Emerging Poets fellows at Poets House in New York City. Each of the pieces engages with the Poetry Coalition’s 2018 initiative, “Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live: Poetry & the Body.” Poets House invited the fellows to select five items from the House’s 70,000-volume library that address the theme of the body, and to write a paragraph or two on each of these items. https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/where-my-dreaming-and-my-loving-live-poetry-the-body-part-iii-dreaming-and-loving-through-poetry-and-the-body/#!
This year's winner for the Phillip McMath Post Publication Book Award is the story collection Heirlooms by Rachel Hall. Judge Phillip McMath made this selection from the following finalists:
Only More So by Millicent Borges Accardi
Love is a Stone Endlessly in Flight by Dante Di Stefano
Whiskey, Etc. by Sherrie Flick
Heirlooms by Rachel Hall
Blue Hallelujahs by Cynthia Manick
Don't Moan So Much (Stevie): A Poetry Musiquarium by Curtis L. Crisler
A Piece of Sky, A Grain of Rice A Memoir in Four Meditations by Christine Hale
Black Lawrence Press, 2016
“I don’t stray far from earth- / ly things,” announces the speaker of Blue Hallelujahs. In this debut collection, Cynthia Manick writes poems of lived embodiment as she discovers herself “elbow deep” in equal parts beauty and pain. http://scoutpoetry.com/blue-hallelujahs/
Shout out to hand games (Miss Mary Mack Mack), kitchens, Cave Canem, Natalie Diaz, Summertime from Porgy and Bess, and Lucille Clifton! And to quote Mo Brown “blacks girls are so fly, the sun be jealous” https://www.on-poetry.com/#/episode-13-cynthia-manick-on-poetry/
2016 is ending with a review of "Blue Hallelujahs" by the Kenyon Review http://www.kenyonreview.org/reviews/micro-reviews-dec-2016/ Thank you for the luv 😍 & to all who have a copy of Blue Hallelujahs on your shelf!
Honored to be on the list by The Undefeated with Tyehimba Jess, Ocean Vuong, Donika Kelly, Clint Smith, Safiya Sinclair, Ross Gay and more http://theundefeated.com/features/new-beginnings-the-freshest-books-of-2016/
I’m so pleased to announce a partnership with Motionpoems and Cave Canem has led to poems in unexpected places. When the call came to apply for my poem to become a film, I thought it was a shot in the dark. So I applied, put it behind me, and left it to the fates. Then fate answered in the form of a film for “Things I Carry Into the World” by filmmakers Pat Heyward and Jamil McGinnis and producer Claire Mc Girr. In the poem, the feminine body is center of the elements and the film embodies this and more. The film premiered at the Walker Art Center in MN, and most recently on the global channel Nowness.