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Trio Award and Louise Bogan Award Submissions are CLOSED. 

No Open Reading Period July 2016.  Our annual open reading period will not be held this year.  Please continue to check the THP website for future calls for submissions.

2016 Louise Bogan Award Winner Announced
Trio House Press is pleased to announce that Joe Osterhaus is the winner of the 2016 Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence for his poetry collection, The Short Drive Home, selected by Chard deNiord.  

Osterhaus has a BA from Pomona College, and MAs from the University of Chicago and Boston University. He has taught at Boston University, University College at Washington University, and the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins. He was a Scholar at Bread Loaf and a Walter E. Dakin Fellow at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He was also Tennessee Williams Fellow and Visiting Lecturer at the University of the South.

His chapbook, The Domed Road, was published by Graywolf in Take Three: AGNI New Poets Series: 1. His book, Radiance, was published by Zoo Press. His poems have also been included in The New American Poets: A Bread Loaf Anthology; American Poetry: The Next Generation; Phoenix Rising: The Next Generation of American Formal Poets; and The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets.

His poems and review articles have appeared in AGNI, The Antioch Review, BOMB, The Boston Review, The Formalist, Harvard Review, Hotel Amerika, The Journal, The Missouri Review Online, The Nebraska Review, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poetry Daily, Sewanee Theological Review, Slate, Triquarterly, and The Yale Review, among other journals.

He lives with his wife and son in Northern Virginia, where he works in IT services. 

2016 Louise Bogan Finalists:
Adira Bernardi, The Obdurate Stone
Lisa Bickmore, Ephemerist
Andrew Demcak, Lazarus
Ian Haight, Celadon
Jaysen Iwen, Polyvalence
Leonard Kress, Living in the Candy Store
Deborah Phelps, Harrow/Sorrow/Fire
Jane Satterfield, Energy with Trench Art and Asanas and Other Poems
Patty Seyburn, Deuce
Terry Ann Thaxton, Mud Song
William Wells, Odd Lots, Scraps, and Second-hand Like New

2016 Louise Bogan Semifinalist:
William Cordeiro, Trap Street
2016 Trio Award Winner Announced
Trio House Press is pleased to announce that Mary Cisper is the winner of the 2016 Trio Award for her poetry collection, Dark Tussock Moth, selected by Bhisham Bherwani.

Amid bindweed and migrating hummingbirds, Mary Cisper lives with her husband on northern New Mexico alluvium. She has BA degrees in English (Northwestern) and Chemistry (University of New Mexico). Once she was on intimate terms with ion trap mass spectrometers in search of ultra-low detection limits; for a time she was a quality whisperer. Her first published poem appeared in a church bulletin when she was nine. Since then, her poems have been published in various journals including Denver Quarterly, Lana Turner, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Terrain, Water-Stone Review, Newfound, FIELD, 1110, Fourteen Hills, and ZYZZYVA (forthcoming). Her admiration for the artist and naturalist, Maria Sibylla Merian, was sparked by Google’s April 2, 2013 doodle celebrating Maria’s 366th birthday. She recently completed her MFA in Poetry at Saint Mary's College of California. For many summers, she has hiked and backpacked in the Sierras. 

2016 Honorable Mention:

Elizabeth Acevedo, Medusa Reads la Negra's Palm

2016 Trio Award Finalists:

Marilyn Annucci, ghosts

Jeffrey Bean, A Woman Putting on Pearls

Deborah Brown, Tree Whisperers

Tina Cane, Infinite Range

Amy Clark, A Place for the Tea Tin, A Place for the Gun

Francine Conley, STEMS

Donna Emerson, The Place of Our Meeting

Angel Garcia, Unnamed Beasts

Davi Laskar, Curried English

Danelle LeJeune, Landlocked: Mermaid Bones

BJ Love, Texas and Its Important Weather Announcements

Denise Miller, A Ligature for Black Bodies

Jeffrey Morgan, Wonderless

Marcia Pelletiere, A Crown of Hornets

Mark Rollin, Flyover Country

Zohra Saed, The Secret Lives of Misspelled Cities

Jaya Stenquist, Life of the Island

Jen Town, The Light of What Comes After

John Walser, 19 Skies

Timothy Welch, Odd Bloom Seen from Space

2016 Trio Award Semifinalists:

Andrew Gottlieb, His Winter Beast

Leah Hulzar, Inland Empire

Ryan Mattern, The Family Tree

Bille R. Tadros, The Tree We Planted and Buried You In

Tara Betts' Break the Habit Selected for Publication

Trio House Press is pleased to announce that Tara Betts’ poetry manuscript, Break the Habit, has been selected for publication. The book is slated to be published before the end of 2016.


Tara Betts is the author of Arc & Hue and the chapbooks 7 x 7: kwansabas and THE GREATEST!: An Homage to Muhammad Ali. Tara received her Ph.D. at Binghamton University and her MFA from New England College. In addition to performing her poems across the country and internationally, Tara’s poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including POETRYGathering GroundBum Rush the Page, Villanelles, both Spoken Word Revolution anthologies, The Break Beat Poets, Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements and GHOST FISHING: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology. Tara has taught writing at Rutgers University, Binghamton University, and University of Illinois-Chicago. She is a Cave Canem alum.

Matt Mauch’s Bird-Brain Selected for Publication
Trio House Press is pleased to announce that Matt Mauch’s poetry manuscript, Bird-Brain, has been selected for publication. The book is slated to be released prior to the end of 2017.
Matt Mauch is the author of If You’re Lucky Is a Theory of Mine (Trio House Press, 2013), Prayer Book, and the chapbook The Brilliance of the Sparrow. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Conduit, DIAGRAM, Willow Springs, The Los Angeles Review, Forklift, Ohio, Sonora Review, H_NGM_N, Water~Stone Review, The Mississippi Review, and on the Poetry Daily and Verse Daily websites. Mauch edits Poetry City, USA, a journal of poetry and prose on poetry, and lives in Minneapolis, where he teaches in the AFA in Creative Writing program at Normandale Community College.
Iris Jamahl Dunkle’s Interrupted Geographies Selected for Publication
Trio House Press is pleased to announce that Iris Jamahl Dunkle’s poetry manuscript, Interrupted Geographies, has been selected for publication. Iris’ book is slated to be released prior to the end of 2018.
Iris Jamahl Dunkle is the current Poet Laureate of Sonoma County, CA. Her second poetry book, There's a Ghost in this Machine of Air, is about the untold history of Sonoma County, CA, and was published in November 2015 by Word Tech Editions. Her debut poetry collection, Gold Passage, was selected by Ross Gay to win the 2012 Trio Award, and was published by Trio House Press in 2013. Her chapbooks, Inheritance and The Flying Trolley, were published by Finishing Line Press in 2010 and 2013. Her poetry, essays and creative non-fiction have been published widely in numerous publications including Fence, Calyx, Catamaran, Poet's Market 2013, JMWW, and Chicago Quarterly Review. Of note, her poem, “How to Cope in a New Landscape,” was a finalist for the The New Guard’s Knightville Poetry Contest, and her poem “The Trick of Sound” was a finalist for the Yalobusha Review’s Yellowwood Poetry Prize. Her essay, "Yellow Dahlias," was nominated for a pushcart prize. She is currently co-writing a new biography on Jack London's wife, Charmian Kittredge London. Dunkle teaches writing and literature at Napa Valley College. She received her B.A. from the George Washington University, her M.F.A. in Poetry from New York University, and her Ph.D. in American Literature from Case Western Reserve University. She is on the staff of the Napa Valley Writers conference, and currently resides with her family in Northern California. 
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