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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. (

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!


TBR’s 2010 Best of the Net Nominations


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Tidal Basin Review is pleased to announce its nominations for the 2010 Best of the Net Contest!


Nominees (chosen from the inaugural issue) are as follows:



Tara Betts
Tara Betts is the author of Arc and Hue. She teaches at Rutgers University and leads community-based workshops. Tara is a graduate of the New England College MFA Program. She coached youth who went on to Brave New Voices.  Her writing has also been dramatized for the stage in several productions, including Steppenwolf Theater’s “Words On Fire” and “Fingernails Across the Chalkboard”.  Her work has been published in Essence, Bum Rush the Page, Gathering Ground and both Spoken Word Revolution anthologies. (Photo: Dorothy Perry).
Sarah Browning

Sarah Browning is co-director of Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness ( and DC Poets Against the War ( Author of Whiskey in the Garden of Eden and co-editor of D.C. Poets Against the War: An Anthology, she has received fellowships and prizes from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, the Creative Communities Initiative, and the People Before Profits Poetry Prize. She blogs at (Photo: Melissa Tuckey).

Michela Costello

Michela Costello is a poet and teacher in Washington, DC. She is currently an adjunct professor of English and Education.  Her writing has been published or is forthcoming in The Glasgow Review, Wanderlust and Poetryfish, among others. 





William Doreski

William Doreski teaches at Keene State College in New Hampshire. His most recent collection of poetry is Waiting for the Angel (2009). He has published three critical studies, including Robert Lowell’s Shifting Colors.  His essays, poetry, fiction, and reviews have appeared in many journals, including Massachusetts Review, Atlanta Review, Notre Dame Review, The Alembic, New England Quarterly, Harvard Review, Modern Philology, Antioch Review, and Natural Bridge.



Cole Lavalais

Cole Lavalais received her MFA in Creative Writing from Chicago State University. Her work has appeared in Warpland, Reverie, and the anthology Just Like A Girl: A Manifesta. She is currently pursuing her PhD in English at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she also teaches creative writing and literature.

Congratulations and the best of luck to all of our nominees!
~ Tidal Basin Review Editorial Review Team