Thelma T. Reyna—author, Poet Laureate, editor, and owner/founder of the Southern California indie literary publisher, Golden Foothills Press—recently announced six Los Angeles-area poets whose work she has nominated for the prestigious national award, Pushcart Prize, considered America’s most honored literary recognition program.
The six poets were all published in the book edited by Reyna and issued last spring: Altadena Poetry Review: Anthology 2015, a compilation of 60 Southern California poets. The nominated poets include several who have received other distinguished awards in their careers, but this is the first Pushcart Prize nomination for them.
The Pushcart Prize was established in New York in 1976 to recognize quality work issued by small, independent, non-commercial indie presses and literary magazines. Since then, the Prize has recognized thousands of writers and hundreds of indie publishers, who each nominate no more than 6 poets they’ve published in the year of the award . Each annual edition of the Pushcart anthology features the top 60 or so of all nominated authors. Announcement of these top winners will be made by Pushcart Press in May 2016.
Top-Quality Poets: Local Treasures The Poets honored by Golden Foothills Press, all from the Los Angeles area, and their nominated poems, are as follows: