TBR’s 2010 Pushcart Nominations Announced!


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Tidal Basin Review is pleased to announce its nominations for the 2010 Pushcart Prize!


Congratulations to the following nominees (chosen from the Spring and Summer 2010 Issues):

1. Hickory (1890-1940) by Reginald Flood
2. Green Quarters by Jasmon Drain
3. Yellow Brick Secrets by Kim Foote
4. The Slaves by Douglas Kearney
5. white papers by Martha Collins
6. Cloudy: Average White Band by Ernesto Mercer



Martha Collins’ book-length poem Blue Front (Graywolf, 2006) won an Anisfield-Wolf Award and was one of the New York Public Library’s 2006 “25 Books to Remember.”  She has also published four earlier collections of poems and two collections of co-translations of Vietnamese poetry. Editor-at-large for FIELD magazine, she served as Distinguished Visiting Writer at Cornell University in spring 2010. (Photo: Doug Macomber)

Jasmon Drain: I try as hard as I can to write the perspectives of Chicago that no one pays attention to.  Somewhat recently, a friend of mine was quite emotional from an interaction he’d had with his father.  Through his explanation, he detailed how he – as a young boy – would sit, waiting for his oft-traveling father to arrive, snatch him, and run away into the highways of the Midwest.  I used the ten-percent of my mother’s writing ability I have to create “Green Quarters.” 

Reginald Flood is a native Californian who now lives in a small town in southeastern Connecticut with his wife and two teenagers.  His work has appeared in The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, Cave Canem X Anniversary Collection, and Massachusetts Review.  Also, he has poems forthcoming in African American Review. He has been fortunate to be a Cave Canem fellow and a recipient of the Walker Fellowship from the Provincetown Fine Arts Center.  He teaches in the English Department at Eastern Connecticut State University. (Photo: Rachel Eliza Griffiths)

Kim Coleman Foote’s writing has appeared in Obsidian, The Literary Review, Black Renaissance Noire, and elsewhere. “Yellow Brick Secrets” is excerpted from her novel-in-progress about the slave trade in Ghana, where she was a Fulbright Fellow. She has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation/Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, PALF award, Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, and an MFA from Chicago State University. (http://kimcolemanfoote.webs.com)

Poet/Performer/Librettist Douglas Kearney’s work has been featured in many fine publications and venues in print, in-the-flesh and digital code. His first full-length collection of poems, Fear, Some, was published in 2006 (Red Hen Press). His second manuscript, The Black Automaton, was a National Poetry Series selection (Fence). He lives in the Valley with his family. (Photo: Los Jackson)

Ernesto Mercer is a multidisciplinary artist/performer and Cave Canem Alumni Fellow. His recent work includes “Invocation/Style” the libretto for 70: A Multimedia Performance, The River Never Rests/ Man Unda Wata and Nnandi and the Hunter’s Shirt all commissioned by the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution. He lives and works between New Orleans and New York City. (Photo: Tosha Y. Grantham)

Best of luck to you all!


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Tidal Basin Press Mission Our mission is to provide a space for inclusive and interdisciplinary approaches to the creative arts. We support artists who represent the rich American landscape by publishing high-quality, well-crafted literature, visual and media art through our annual contest, readings, and print and online journals. Vision Our vision is to amplify the voice of the human experience through art that is intimate, engaging, and audacious. We do not seek shock value art, but rather work that propels the present artistic landscape.

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