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Announcing the Finalists for the 2021 Big Other Book Award for Poetry Finalists!


We are excited to announce the finalists for the 2021 Big Other Book Award for Poetry. The winner will be announced June 24, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at the 2021 Big Other Book Awards Ceremony, which will be aired virtually.


Without further ado, here are the finalists for the 2021 Big Other Book Award for Poetry:

Will Alexander’s The Combustion Cycle (Roof Books)

Daniel Borzutzky’s Written After a Massacre in the Year 2018 (Coffee House Press)

Randna Fabias’s Habitus (Deep Vellum), translated by David Colmer

Forrest Gander’s Twice Alive (New Directions)

Douglas Kearney’s Sho (Wave Books)

Rosamond S. King’s All the Rage (Nightboat Books)

Nathaniel Mackey’s Double Trio (New Directions)

Peter Markus’s When Our Fathers Return to Us as Birds (WSU Press)

Miranda Mellis’s Demystifications (Solid Objects)

Jennifer Nelson’s Harm Eden (Ugly Duckling Presse)

Urayoán Noel’s Transversal (University of Arizona Press)

Marie Silkeberg’s Damascus, Atlantis (Terra Nova), translated by Kelsi Vanada

Moheb Soliman’s HOMES (Coffee House Press)

Dennis James Sweeney’s In the Antarctic Circle (Autumn House Press)

Arthur Sze’s The Glass Constellation: New and Collected Poems (Copper Canyon Press)

Margo Tamez’s Father | Genocide (Turtle Point Press)

Sophia Terazawa’s Winter Phoenix: Testimonies in Verse (Deep Vellum)

Edwin Torres’s Quanundrum: [I Will Be Your Many Angled Thing] (Roof Books)

Tony Trigilio’s Proof Something Happened (Marsh Hawk Press)

Amish Trivedi’s FuturePanic (co•im•press)

G. C. Waldrep’s The Earliest Witnesses (Tupelo Press)

Rosmarie Waldrop’s The Nick of Time (New Directions)

Marjorie Welish’s A Complex Sentence (Coffee House Press)

John Yau’s Genghis Chan on Drums (Omnidawn)

Andrew Yoon’s We Are Invited to Climb (Awst Press)


  • John Madera is the author of Nervosities (Anti-Oedipus Press, 2024). His other fiction is published in Conjunctions, Salt Hill, The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and many other journals. His nonfiction is published in American Book Review, Bookforum, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, and many other venues. Recipient of an M.F.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University, New York State Council on the Arts awardee John Madera lives in New York City, Rhizomatic and manages and edits Big Other.

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