Chapter 16
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A "Major New Talent"

Knoxville poet Charlotte Pence is a finalist for the Crashaw Prize

February 22, 2012 Charlotte Pence, a Knoxville poet and Chapter 16 contributing writer, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Crashaw Prize, an international award for debut poetry collections written in English. The award, offered by the British house Salt Publishing, is designed to seek out and publish “debut collections of poetry from major new talents.” Pence, a recent Ph.D. graduate of the University of Tennessee’s creative-writing program, is one of thirteen finalists. The Crashaw Prize carries a stipend of £1,000 and simultaneous publication in the U.K., U.S., and Australia. The winner will be announced in April. To learn more about the prize and the other finalists, click here.

Charlotte Pence is on a roll: last year her chapbook collection, Branches, won the Black River Chapbook Competition and was published by Black Lawrence Press. (Read an excerpt from the book here.) Last month a book she edited, The Poetics of American Song Lyrics was published by the University Press of Mississippi, with contributions by poetry and music luminaries like Claudia Emerson, Peter Guralnick, Adam Bradley, David Kirby, and Kevin Young, among others. Look for Chapter 16‘s review of the collection in coming days.