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'Saranac Review' Poetry Nominated for Prestigious Pushcart Prize

For the first time since its inception in 2004, SUNY Plattsburgh’s “Saranac Review” has had works nominated for the Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses by the Pushcart Press Board of Contributing Editors.

“Saranac Review” contributors Colette Inez and Candace Black were each nominated for their poems, “Moon Goddess Chang O and the Man on the Moon” and “4-H Project,” respectively. Both works appear in the 2011 edition of the international literary journal created by the college’s English department.

Inez is a renowned poet who has her own page in the Poetry Foundation website, an honor granted to only the most known and established poets, according to Dr. Jose Torres, SUNY Plattsburgh professor of English and editor of the “Saranac Review.”

Black’s poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications. Her debut book of poems, “The Volunteer,” won the Minnesota Voice Poetry Prize. Black is the recipient of a Loft Literary Center Creative Nonfiction Residency, a SASE/Jerome Foundation Fellowship, McKnight Individual Fellowship and a Loft-McKnight Award in Poetry. She teaches at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

The Pushcart Prize honors the best poetry, short fiction and essays published in small presses during the previous year. Magazine and small book press editors are invited to nominate up to six works they have featured. Anthologies of the selected works have been published annually since 1976.

“The Pushcart Prizes are significant for small presses and literary journals or magazines because they represent the best literature during any given year,” Torres said. “Some small presses and literary journals can go decades without garnering a prize for one of their contributors or writers.”

The nominated works chosen by the board will be included in the 37th issue of the Pushcart Press anthology, which will be published in November. Those entries chosen for inclusion will be notified in early May.

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