|Phillip H. McMath Post Publication Book Award|
- to honor the contributions of Phillip H. McMath to the Arkansas literary community;
- highlight, and promote stellar books by emerging writers;
- identify authors who can serve as role models for our students;
- to develop the Arkansas Writer’s MFA Workshop Resource Fund.
Among the many reasons I am thrilled, a huge one is that on the merits of these poems alone, my book, as with the other finalists, was picked from a huge and worthy pool of poetic effort. I knew no one in Arkansas and no one knew me. There were no affiliations and no connections; no lunches were ever had, no names dropped, no somethings for somethings. I love that. I love that so much. When the poems and only the poems speak for themselves. Mightily enough. How a competition should be. Clean and true.
Many thanks to Stephanie Vanderslice, Sandy Longhorn, and all the students and teachers associated with the Department of Writing at UCA and the Arkansas Writer's MFA Workshop. They run a boss program there in Arkansas and I hope one day I can visit and thank everyone personally. I am proud for these poems.
...And I plan on being eternally emergent with my poetry lifework.