Elizabeth Whittlesey was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, and lives in New York City, New York. She is a two-time finalist for the “Discovery”/Boston Review poetry contest and was a featured guest on WKCR’s “Studio A” this past August. She has worked as an Assistant Editor at Parnassus: Poetry in Review and was an official blogger for Bryant Park’s Word-for-Word reading series in 2014. Her poem-film “What Happened” appeared in Panoply 2006 and was shown at “Wednesdays at the Wall” on 55 Broad Street, and her work has appeared in journals including Gulf Coast, jubilat, Boston Review, POOL, Two Serious Ladies, Western Humanities Review, Phantom Books, JERRY, and BETTER. She is passionate about light, yoga, the earth, playing the piano, and dancing to and DJ’ing electronic music.
Following a plentiful reading period full of outstanding work, Augury Books is very happy to announce Arisa White‘s you’re the most beautiful thing that happened as our poetry selection for 2016. We received so many great submissions, and paring down one manuscript from our finalist pool was a difficult feat. We are glad to highlight the work of our poetry finalists here:
Architect, Garden by Andrew Seguin
brightness this by Franciszka Voeltz
I Wanted Everything by Elizabeth Whittlesey
Majnun by Mark Faunlagui
Pinocchio: The Whale Years by Patrick Moran
Schematics for Manhood & Flight by Joe Jimenez
Snow Farmer by Benjamin Gantcher
there are some things that are easier to mention by Aimee Herman
When I Was an Octopus by Gregg Murray
On behalf of the editors, we thank you all for your extended patience. Stay tuned for more on Arisa, an excerpt from her manuscript, excerpts from several of our finalists, and a prose selection in November!