September 17, 2016

Doe has been named the 2016 Akron Prize winner from the University of Akron Press. Doe was selected by judge Allison Joseph who says of the collection:

“My choice for the award is Doe—that book is so good, so well executed with such difficult subject matter. I admire its active courage, its commitment to witnessing what so many reject. It stayed with me through reading all the others—fantastic books, the lot of them. But Doe is a game changer, a silence eliminator.”


Doe transforms missing person and unidentified person (Jane Doe) cases into poetry. By utilizing public files, newspaper reports, and other public information, this manuscript seeks to erase the silence surrounding these women and resurrect them in our collective consciousness.

There are over sixty women featured in this manuscript, but they represent a small fraction of ongoing cases in the United States.

Poems from “Doe” available online:

“The Saints of the Last Days” in Guernica

“In the cursed country,” “Santa Muerte,” and “Notes from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department” in THRUSH

“Go, Roam” in Witness

“Detroit, and Other Sorrows,” “Backland,” “Madrigal of the Sierra Nevadas,” and “Scorpiris” in Quarterly West


2016 Colorado Book Prize finalist
2015 St. Lawrence Book Award finalist at Black Lawrence Press
2015 Benjamin Saltman finalist at Red Hen Press
2015 Wheeler Prize semi-finalist at Ohio State University Press
2015 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry semi-finalist

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