Winner of the 2019 Off the Grid Prize
Ioanna Carlsen’s poems and stories have appeared in Agni, Poetry, Field, Alaska Quarterly Review, Hudson Review, Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, Beloit Poetry Journal, Poetry Daily, and Glimmer Train, among others. In 2002, she won Glimmer Train Poetry Open, and in 2015, her collection The Whisperer won second place in the New Mexico Press Women’s Book Contest.
By Ioanna Carlsen:
Winner of the 2017 Off the Grid Prize
Jon Davis is the author of five poetry chapbooks and five previous full-length collections of poetry: Improbable Creatures, Heteronymy: An Anthology, Preliminary Report, Scrimmage of Appetite, and Dangerous Amusements. He was co-translator, with the author, of Iraqi poet Naseer Hassan’s Dayplaces. Davis has received a Lannan Literary Award in Poetry, the Peter I.B. Lavan Prize from the Academy of American Poets, the Off the Grid Poetry Prize, and two National Endowment for the Arts’ poetry fellowships. He was the city of Santa Fe’s fourth Poet Laureate and taught for 23 years at the Institute of American Indian Arts before founding, in 2013, the IAIA low residency MFA in Creative Writing, which he directed until his retirement in 2018.
By Jon Davis:
An Amiable Reception for the Acrobat
Winner of the 2018 Off the Grid Prize
Karen Whalley is the author of The Rented Violin (Ausable Press). She is a graduate of Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, and recipient of the Rona Jaffe Award for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in The Sun Magazine, American Poetry Review, Mississippi Review, Florida Review, and other journals. She lives in Port Angeles, Washington.
By Karen Whalley:
My Own Name Seems Strange to Me
Winner of the 2013 Off the Grid Prize
Elaine Terranova is the author of six books of poems and two chapbooks. Her work has appeared in a number of literary magazines and anthologies. Her translation of Euripides’ Iphigenia at Aulis is part of the Penn Greek Drama Series. She has received the Walt Whitman Award, an NEA, a Pew Fellowship, and a Pushcart Prize.
Co-founder of Off the Grid Press, Bert Stern is the author of two previous poetry collections, Silk/The Ragpicker’s Grandson and Steerage, as well as the critical book Wallace Stevens: Art of Uncertainty, and Winter in China, a monograph on American expatriate Robert Winter. He is Milligan Professor of English Emeritus at Wabash College, and has also taught at the University of Thessaloniki as Fulbright Professor of English and at Peking University. Stern served as chief editor for Hilton Publishing, and for fifteen years taught for Changing Lives through Literature, a program designed for men and women on probation. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.
By Bert Stern:
Winner of the 2016 Off the Grid Prize
Keith Althaus is the author of two other poetry collections, Rival Heavens (Provincetown Arts Press, 1993) and Ladder of Hours (Ausable Press, 2005). He has received a Pushcart Prize as well as grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Foundation of the Arts. In 1969 he was one of the first Writing Fellows at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. He lives on Cape Cod with his wife, the artist Susan Baker.
By Keith Althaus:
Winner of the 2015 Off the Grid Prize
Patricia Corbus lives in Sarasota, Florida, where she grew up in her parents’ shell shop, The Nautilus. She graduated from Agnes Scott College, holds a Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MFA at the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. She has loved poetry for as long as she can remember.
By Patricia Corbus:
Winner of the 2014 Off the Grid Prize
Dicko King was born at the old Carney Hospital in South Boston, and raised in St. Margaret’s parish in Dorchester during the last of the grand and mythical eras presided over by tribes of feral children—when adventures could be had beyond the watchful eyes of a mother or father, and despite strictures and wounds inflicted by priest or nun. Dicko’s poems have appeared out of nowhere, some of them published in Prime Number, Cactus Heart, Portland Review, and Straylight. He is a finalist for The Louise Bogan Award.
By Dicko King:
Winner of the 2012 Off the Grid Prize, selected by Carl Dennis
Peter Nash is a semi-retired family physician who has been practicing medicine for forty years. He writes most mornings, occasionally helps his wife in the garden, boards two old mares, and wanders along the Mattole River with his dog Henry. He lives in Northern California on the Lost Coast, one of the longest stretches of undeveloped coastline in the continental United States.
By Peter Nash:
Allen West was born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1930 and came to the U.S. with his family after the 1941 invasion of Greece by Germany. Educated at Philips Academy and Princeton University, he served three years in the U.S. Army and received a PhD in chemistry from Cornell University in 1960. He taught at Williams College and Lawrence University until 1994, when he and his wife moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts. While there, he was a tutor at Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School and a volunteer at Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic. His wife died in 1999; he has three children and three grandchildren.
He began writing poetry in 1983. A runner-up for the 1992 Grolier Poetry Prize and winner of the White Eagle Coffee Store Press’s 2000 chapbook competition (“The Time of Ripe Figs,” 2002), his poems have appeared in many journals including Passager, the Comstock Review, Concrete Wolf, RHINO, and Salamander. A long-time member of The Workshop for Publishing Poets in Brookline, Massachusetts, he credits his continued development to its director, Barbara Helfgott Hyett. Since 2007 he has lived in Lexington Massachusetts.
By Allen West:
Janet Winans grew up in San Francisco and is a graduate of Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, and the MFA Program for writers at Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, North Carolina. She was married to Woodie Winans and has three children, Jennifer, Stephan and Jessica. She is the author of three chapbooks, Our Abidance, If Summer Freezes, and Of Dreams and Bones. She has taught at Central Arizona College, Arizona Western College, and as an Artist-in-Residence with the Arizona Commission on the Arts and Young Audiences of Santa Cruz County. She lives in Patagonia, Arizona.
By Janet Winans:
Staircase of Roots
The child of newspaper editors, with roots in Cincinnati, Ohio, Terry Adams grew up in newsrooms and Catholic grammar schools. He earned an MA in Creative Writing and Literature at Miami Univeristy, Ohio. During the Vietnam War era, he became Top Secret Control Officer at the U.S. Air Force’s Strategic Air Command Headquarters, where he had the opportunity to contemplate his personal role in the destruction of civilization. He left the services as a conscientious objector in 1972.
Terry lives with his wife in La Honda, California, among the giant redwoods in Ken Kesey’s former house. For many years, he has been active in the local poetry community, including the Waverly Writers of Palo Alto, the Not Yet Dead Poet’s Society of Redwood City, and the La Honda writer’s group. His poems have appeared in Bellowoing Ark, College English, Ironwood, Poetry, The Sun, Witness, and other journals.
By Terry Adams:
In 1974, Lee Sharkey bought a hundred-year-old Pearl platen press, taught herself to set type and print, and produced over the course of a long Maine winter her first poetry chapbook. Over the next four years, under the imprint South Solon Press, she printed two more chapbooks of her own poetry, portfolios of other poets’ work, and ephemera such as poems on paper lunch bags.
Since then, she has continued to work both on and off the grid as a writer and an editor. Her publications include two other full-length volumes, Farmwife (Puckerbrush Press, 1977) and To A Vanished World (Puckerbrush, 1995), a poem sequence in response to Roman Vishniac’s photographs of Eastern European Jewry in the years just preceding the Nazi Holocaust. She is the recipient of the 2010 Maine Arts Commission's Individual Artist Fellowship in Literary Arts and the 1997 Rainmaker Award in Poetry, judged by Carolyn Forché. Recent poems have appeared in Green Mountains Review, Margie, Nimrod, The Pinch, and Prairie Schooner, among other journals. Since 2003 she has co-edited The Beloit Poetry Journal, one of the country’s oldest and most respected poetry journals.
Lee lives in the woods outside of Farmington, Maine, with her husband, Al Bersbach, and stands in the weekly Women in Black peace vigil in front of the Farmington post office.
By Lee Sharkey:
A Darker, Sweeter String
Henry Braun (1930–2014) was born in Olean, New York and grew up in Buffalo. After graduating from Brandeis University, where he studied with Claude Vigee and J.V. Cunningham, he spent a year in France on a Fulbright, and then went to Boston University, where he participated in Robert Lowell's workshop. In the 1960s he organized poetry read-ins against the war in Vietnam and was convicted in a Federal court of tax evasion. His war tax dollars were donated to a veterans hospital and to public schools in Philadelphia. As an organizer of a draft card turn-in at the Justice Department he was an unindicted co-conspirator at the Boston 5 trial.
Most of his career as a teacher of literature and creative writing was at Temple University, including a year at Temple’s branch campus in Japan. He has served as coordinator and host of the Poetry Center of the YM-YWHA in Philadelphia. In 1968 his first book of poems, The Vergil Woods, was published by Atheneum. His work has appeared in many magazines, including Poetry, The Nation, The Massachusetts Review, American Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, and The Colorado Review, and in several anthologies. Loyalty: New and Selected Poems was the first offering of Off the Grid Press.
For film clips of Henry reading his poetry and talking about his life, click here.
By Henry Braun:
Loyalty: New & Selected Poems