2015 Book Competition Finalists Announced

Negative Capability Press is pleased to announce the five finalists for our 2015 Book Competition, to be judged by Amy King. 

From left: Emily Schulten, Kate Angus, Steven Teref, Karrie Waarala and Shanti Weiland

From left: Emily Schulten, Kate Angus, Steven Teref, Karrie Waarala and Shanti Weiland

Emily Schulten, The Way a Wound Becomes a Scar
Read our interview with Emily Schulten here.

Emily Schulten's first book entitled, Rest in Black Haw, appeared in 2009 from New Plains Press. Her work has appeared in nationally recognized journals including Prairie Schooner, New Ohio Review, North American Review, Mid-American Review, Salamander, and New Orleans Review, among others. Her website is www.emilyeschulten.com.

Kate Angus, So Late to the Party
Read our interview with Kate Angus here.

Kate Angus is the founding editor of Augury Books. Her work has appeared in Indiana Review, Subtropics, Court Green, The Awl, The Millions, Verse Daily, The Rumpus, Gulf Coast, Best New Poets 2010 and Best New Poets 2014, among other places. She is the recipient of A Room of Her Own Foundation’s “Orlando” Prize, The Southeast Review’s Narrative Nonfiction prize and an Artist’s Residency on the Wildfjords trail in Iceland. A former Writer in Residence at Interlochen Arts Academy, she currently lives in New York where she teaches at Gotham Writers Workshop, LIM College, and privately. She serves as the Creative Writing Advisor for The Mayapple Center for Arts and Humanities and is a guest literary curator for Pen and Brush.

Steven Teref, Foreign Object
Read our interview with Steven Teref here.

Steven Teref is the translator of Ana Ristovic's The Soft Zero: Selected Poems (Zephyr Press) and Novica Tadic's Assembly (Host Publications, 2009). His poetry and translations have appeared in The Volta, Asymptote, and International Poetry Review, with work forthcoming in Negative Capability, Tarpaulin Sky, and Aufgabe.

Karrie Waarala, Pierce & Brand's World of Dangerous Wonders
Read our interview with Karrie Waarala here.

Karrie Waarala's work has appeared in journals such as Iron Horse Literary Review, PANK, The Collagist, Southern Indiana Review, and Vinyl. She is a poetry editor for the museum of americana and holds an MFA from the Stonecoast Program at University of Southern Maine. Recipient of the 2012 Pocataligo Poetry Prize, a Best of the Net finalist, and a multiple Pushcart nominee, Karrie has also received critical acclaim for her one-woman show, LONG GONE: A Poetry Sideshow, which is based on her collection of circus poems. She really wishes she could tame tigers and swallow swords.

Shanti Weiland, Sister Nun
Read our interview with Shanti Weiland here.

Shanti Weiland is a poet by nature but sometimes enjoys a visit to the other team's dugout, where she dabbles in prose. She received her BA in English from the University of California, Davis and later moved to the desert, pursuing a Creative Writing MA at Northern Arizona University. She then traveled to the humid and friendly south, where she earned a PhD in Poetry from the University of Southern Mississippi. She’s recently been published in Toad the Journal, Bop Dead City, Front Porch Review, and Third Wednesday, and has poems forthcoming in Mad Hatter’s Review and Two Cities Review. She currently teaches writing and literature at The University of Alabama and lives in Birmingham with her partner and a menagerie of pets. You can find her online at shantiweiland.com and @ShantiWeiland.