We are delighted to present this week’s selections from the Brain Mill Press Poetry Month Contest. Wonderful work keeps pouring in via our submission portal, and these pieces by Brittany Adames, Shirley Jones-Luke, Mira Martin-Parker, and Uche Ogbuji stood out.
We’d also like to acknowledge excellent work by poets Holly Mancuso, Aby Macias, and Brittany Adames.
We hope you’ll enjoy these editors’ picks as much as we did.
A Young Girl Pares Fruit
by Brittany Adames
About Brittany Adames
Brittany Adames is an eighteen-year-old Dominican-American writer. Her work has been previously published in CALAMITY Magazine, Bombus Press, Rumble Fish Quarterly, TRACK//FOUR, and Rust+Moth, among others. She is pursuing a major in creative writing at Emerson College and serves as the poetry editor for Ascend Magazine and prose reader for The Blueshift Journal. She has been regionally and nationally recognized by the Scholastic Writing Awards.
You Gotta Let It Hit the Skin
by Shirley Jones-Luke
About Shirley Jones-Luke
Shirley Jones-Luke is a poet and a writer of color. Ms. Luke lives in Boston, Mass. She has an MA from UMass Boston and an MFA from Emerson College. Her work mixes poetry with memoir. Shirley was a Poetry Fellow at the 2017 Watering Hole Poetry Retreat. She will be attending VONA (Voices of Our Nation) in June 2018.
Like a Poor Girl
by Mira Martin-Parker
About Mira Martin-Parker
Mira Martin-Parker earned an MFA in creative writing at San Francisco State University. Her work has appeared in various publications, including the Istanbul Literary Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Mythium, and Zyzzyva. Her collection of short stories, The Carpet Merchant’s Daughter, won the 2013 Five [Quarterly] e-chapbook competition.
by Uche Ogbuji
About Uche Ogbuji
Uche Ogbuji, more properly Úchèńnà Ogbújí, was born in Calabar, Nigeria. He lived in Egypt, England, and elsewhere before settling near Boulder, Colorado. A computer engineer and entrepreneur by trade, his poetry chapbook, Ndewo, Colorado (Aldrich Press) is a Colorado Book Award Winner and a Westword Award Winner (“Best Environmental Poetry”). His poems, published worldwide, fuse Igbo culture, European classicism, American Mountain West setting, and Hip-Hop. He co-hosts the Poetry Voice podcast and featured in the Best New African Poets anthology.
On Twitter as @uogbuji.