Monday, September 17, 2018

Announcing Best of the Net 2018 Nominations from Split This Rock!

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by Rhonda Lott.

Split This Rock is delighted to announce our nominations for the 2018 Best of the Net Anthology! These six poems thrilled us with their craft and broke our hearts open with their witness. We hope you will find a moment to discover or revisit these poems at The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database.

2 fat black women are making love,” by Saida Agostini

"Customer Service Is," by Sandra Beasley

To the Black Virgin Mary on a Steeple in Greensburg, PA,” by Destiny Birdsong

This Is What Makes Us Worlds,” by Joshua Jennifer Espinoza

"Loving the Enemy," by Caits Meissner

The Santa Ana,” by Paul Tran 

It is always a pleasure for the staff and guest curators at Split This Rock to discover fresh poems, and an honor to be their first home. From June of 2017 through July of 2018, twenty-nine Poems of the Week came to us as first publications. During that period, poems were curated by special guest curator, Teri Cross Davis, and staff members Sarah Browning, Camisha L. Jones, and M.F. Simone Roberts.

The nominated poems are among over 500 poems published in The Quarry. Poems featured in The Quarry were originally published in Split This Rock’s Poem of the Week series or were winners of Split This Rock’s Sonia Sanchez-Langston Hughes Poetry Contest; winners of the Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism, co-sponsored by the CrossCurrents Foundation; or the Abortion Rights Poetry Contest (until 2017, sponsored by the Abortion Care Network). Some of the poets have featured at Split This Rock’s biennial poetry festival and/or Sunday Kind of Love reading and open mic series. Other poems arrive via open calls and/or are by members of the national Split This Rock community, Split This Rock teaching artists, members of the DC Youth Slam Team, and more.

Of their contest and anthology, Sundress Publications says the, “Best of the Net Anthology continues to promote the diverse and growing collection of voices who are publishing their work online, a venue that continues to see less respect from such yearly anthologies as the Pushcart and Best American series. This anthology serves to bring greater respect to an innovative and continually expanding medium in the same medium in which it is published.”

Split This Rock is grateful for their work! We wish the poetry judge and all the staff happy reading!

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The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database

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