Friday, April 26, 2013

Joshua R. Helms Wins Dzanc Books Poetry Collection Award

April 22, 2013, Ann Arbor, MI-Dzanc Books is pleased to announce that Joshua R. Helms is the winner of our 2012 poetry award. Helms' manuscript, Machines Like Us, was selected by contest judge, C. Dale Young, from more than 100 submissions. This collection will be published in September 2014.

C. Dale Young notes: "Machines Like Us is a dark and deeply obsessive book. It is almost impossible to forget the three primary characters in this collection after witnessing their twisted and repetitive attempts to connect, after witnessing the fact they cannot separate acts of love from acts of harm."

"I'm so very excited to have my first collection of poetry chosen by C. Dale Young and published by Dzanc," Helms reacted. "I have great respect and admiration for the books Dzanc produces and I'm beyond honored to be among the authors they publish. I'm extremely happy that my collection has found a home with such a wonderful press."


Joshua R. Helms lives in Tuscaloosa, where he's an MFA candidate at the University of Alabama. His poems have appeared in Copper Nickel, DIAGRAM, Phoebe, and Sixth Finch, among others. Machines Likes Us is his first collection of poetry.


C. Dale Young is the author of three collections of poetry, the most recent being Torn (Four Way 2011).  A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, he practices medicine full-time, edits poetry for the New England Review, and teaches in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.


Dzanc Books was created in 2006 to advance great writing and to impact communities nationally with our efforts to advance literary readership and our advocacy of creative writing workshops and readings. As a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, Dzanc Books not only publishes literary fiction, but works in partnership with literary journals to advance their readership at every level. Dzanc is also fully committed to developing educational programs in schools.

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