From Alice James Books:
We are pleased to announce that this year’s winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award is Richie Hofmann of Baltimore, Maryland, for his book, Keys to the City. He will receive $2,000 and his book will be published in November 2015. The Cooperative Board has chosen one additional book for publication: Witness by Phillip B. Williams of St. Louis, Missouri. His book will be published in January 2016 and he will receive $1,000.
Richie Hofmann is the winner of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, and Ploughshares. A graduate of the Johns Hopkins University MFA program, he is currently Creative Writing Fellow in Poetry at Emory University.
Phillip B. Williams is a Chicago, Illinois native and the author of the chapbooks Bruised Gospels (Arts in Bloom Inc., 2011) and Burn (YesYes Books, 2013). He is a Cave Canem graduate and received scholarships from Bread Loaf Writers Conference and a 2013 Ruth Lilly Fellowship. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Anti-, Callaloo, Kenyon Review Online, Poetry, The Southern Review, West Branch and others. Phillip received his MFA in Writing as a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow at the Washington University in St. Louis. He is the poetry editor of the online journal Vinyl Poetry.
Finalists for the award were: Little Arias by Kristen Case, A Forest Almost by Liz Countryman, Tulah at the Easel by Carol Ann Davis, The Long Syllable by Carolina Ebeid, Bruno Goes to the City of the Night to Plead for His Possessions by Erica Ehrenberg, Anne by Brooke Ellsworth, Turn by Mandy Gutmann-Gonzalez, The Word Kingdom in the Word Kingdom by Noah Eli Gordon, If Free, Then: Poems by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, Loan Words by Jennifer Kronovet, Dreamburgh, PA by Gregory Lawless, Rest by Margaree Little, Daylily Called It a Dangerous Moment: Agitations & Meditations by Alessandra Lynch, American Irony by James Davis May, Aristeia by Matthew Minicucci, Gravity Loves Us by Rosalie Moffett, House of Water by Matthew Nienow, A Folio for the Dark: Poems by Camille Norton, Into Fields: Poems by Jacques J. Rancourt, Look by Solmaz Sharif, Little Million Doors: An Elegy by Chad Sweeney, Stereo. Island. Mosaic by Vincent Toro, and Autoelegy: The Iron Lung Poem by Rebecca Wadlinger.