Honeysuckle Press is a literary press committed to expanding and redefining human truths by prioritizing the narratives of unsung communities.
We're proud to announce the winners
of the 2017 Honeysuckle Chapbook Contest!
WINNER | BITTER MAP BY CRYSTAL BOSON
"Bitter Map is a world pocked with the memory of trauma, place, and power. This voice knows prayer and pain and sweat and work and how to make do when god forgets your face: "crawdads in the carpet / means we ain’t gonna starve / go on an wait out the rain / we can’t move on out / what the devil moves in.” The devil is there in rain, in work, and in perhaps our very understanding of citizenship itself -- reminding us that perseverance is a path of disruption within the map of our oppressive United States."
-- judge Saeed Jones
WINNER | DISLOCATE BY SIMONE PERSON
"I chose Dislocate for its figural imaginary: the many creatures, beached or washed up, diverted during the course of a long journey; an extreme mermaid who talks back to her ambivalent rescuer, who feeds her (nevertheless) tin after tin of sardines; entities called Unperson or Bunnyman. Dislocate is a work of abject longing, set in temperatures that don't easily regulate or normalize. What is normal?, the book seems to ask, as each story builds a vortex of fear and love from which its characters don't easily, or always, escape."
-- judge Bhanu Kapil