September 15, 2011

Rattle is proud to announce the Finalists for the 2011 Rattle Poetry Prize:

Pia Aliperti
Atlanta, GA
“Boiler”

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Tony Barnstone
Whittier, CA
“Why I Am Not a Carpenter”

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Kim Dower
Los Angeles, CA
“Why People Really Have Dogs”

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Courtney Kampa
Oak Hill, VA
“Self-Portrait by Someone Else”

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M
Portland, OR
“To a Husband, Saved by Death at 48”

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Andrew Nurkin
Highstown, NJ
“The Noises Poetry Makes”

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Charlotte Pence
Knoxville, TN
“Perfectly Whatever”

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Laura Read
Spokane, WA
“What the Body Does”

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Hayden Saunier
Doylestown, PA
“The One and the Other”

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Diane Seuss
Kalamazoo, MI
“What Is at the Heart of It…”

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Craig van Rooyen
San Luis Obispo, CA
“The Minstrel Cycle”

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Jeff Vande Zande
Midland, MI
“The Don’ts (An Incomplete List)”

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Bryan Walpert
Palmerston, New Zealand
“Objective Correlative”

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Anna Lowe Weber
Altoona, PA
“Spring Break 2011”

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Maya Jewell Zeller
Spokane, WA
“Honesty”


The 15 finalists will be published in Rattle #36, which releases in December 2011.  The $5,000 winner will be chosen by popular vote among eligible subscribers (those active prior to 9/15/2011), and announced on February 15th.

Another four Semi-Finalists were selected for standard publication, and offered a space in Rattle #37. These poets will be notified individually about details, but they are: Sarah Cortez, Patrick Dutcher, Christine Poreba, and Ali Shapiro.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the competition, which would not have been a success without your diverse and inspiring poems. We received a total of 1,670 entries and well over 6,000 poems, and it was an honor to read each of them.