Pushcart Award Nominations From Chicana-owned Independent Publisher

From: Labloga.com

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 whosgoldenfoote 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:

• LUIVETTE RESTO—Poem: “Like Mother, Like Daughter”
Luivette Resto was born in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico but raised in the Bronx. Her first book of poetry, Unfinished Portrait (2008, Tia Chucha Press), was a Finalist, 2009 Paterson Poetry Prize. Her book Ascension (2013, Tia Chucha Press) won the 2014 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence for previous finalists of the Prize. She has served as a contributing poetry editor for Kweli Journal, a CantoMundo fellow, and a member of the advisory board of Con Tinta. Some of her latest work can be read on Luna Luna Magazine, Toe Good Poetry, and the Altadena Poetry Review: Anthology 2015.

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