Please join us April 5th for a reading and celebration of the winners of Small Orange Journal's Emerging Woman Poet Honor with featured poet Cynthia Cruz. This event is also a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization, Girls Write Now.
This year's recipient of the Emerging Woman Poet Honor is Theadora Siranian. The three honorable mentions are: LeConté Dill, Oksana Noriega, and McCaela Prentice.
About the readers:
Cynthia Cruz is the author of five collections of poems: How the End Begins, Wunderkammer, The Glimmering Room, and Ruin. Her fifth collection of poems, Dregs, was published in Sep-tember of 2018. Cruz is the editor of a forthcoming anthology of contemporary Latina poetry, Other Musics: New Latina Poetry (April 2019) and a collection of essays, Disquieting:Essays on Silence (April 2019). The recipient of fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and a Hodder fellowship from Princeton University, she teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and Co-lumbia University.
LeConté Dill was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, the granddaughter of sojourners of the 2nd Wave of the Great Migration. “LeConte” literally means “The Fairytale,” so she listens to, documents, imagines, and create stories of safety, healing, wellness, and justice. She is a scholar, educator, and a poet in and out of classroom and community spaces. LeConté holds degrees from Spelman College, UCLA, and UC Berkeley, has participated in VONA Voices and Cave Canem workshops, and was a 2016 Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop Fellow. She is the Director of Public Health Practice and a Clinical Associate Professor at NYU. Ever transdisciplinary, her work has been published in a diverse array of spaces, such as Poetry Magazine, Mom Egg Review, The Killens Review of Arts & Letters, Journal of Poetry Therapy, and The Feminist Wire. She and her husband Umberto are creating a homeplace in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.
Oksana Noriega is a genderqueer Latina and slavery survivor. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Utterance and Deluge, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She lives with others.
McCaela Prentice is a student at Saint Lawrence University in upstate New York. She studies Biology/Public Health, and she is minoring in creative writing. She is originally from Bryant Pond, Maine. Most of her family is still up that way, and she spends a lot of time in the western part of the state and Portland. The first poem she ever published, "Junk Drawer Heart", was in her university's Laurentian Magazine. She draws a lot of her inspiration from Maine, and from her travels elsewhere.
Theadora Siranian is a graduate of the MFA Program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her poetry has appeared in DIAGRAM, Meridian, Best New Poets, Ghost City Press, CONSEQUENCE, and Rust + Moth, among others. In 2013, she was a finalist for The Poet’s Billow Pangaea Prize, and in 2014 was shortlisted for both the Mississippi Review Prize and Southword’s Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize. She currently lives and teaches in Brooklyn.