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!

POETRY

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

PROSE

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


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Check out our sister site, Winter Tangerine, a literary magazine dedicated to evocative poetry, prose, and visual art.