Tarfia Faizullah for Seam

from Southern Illinois University Press

Judge: José Antonio Rodriguez

Tarfia Faizullah's poems in Seam reveal a fearless writer tackling experiences that bridge the personal with the historical, moments that reveal the legacies of family, memory, and violence. Focused on the atrocities committed by men against women in the armed conflict that resulted in the establishment of Bangladesh, her work mines the often brutally painful particulars for universal truths that reverberate across linguistic, cultural, and political borders. Tender and luminous.  


Jose A. Rodriguez's poetry collections include The Shallow End of Sleep (2011,Tia Chucha Press) and Backlit Hour (2013, SFASU Press/Texas A&M UP). His work has appeared widely, including Poetry, The New Republic, Paterson Literary Review, Green Mountains Review, Lake Effect, Cream City Review and others. He currently teaches at The University of Texas-Pan American. 

Kessler Award Finalists for 2015:

(in alphabetical order)

Ellen Bass for Like a Beggar (Copper Canyon Press)

Saeed Jones for Prelude to Bruise (Coffee House Press)

Danusha Laméris for The Moons of August (Autumn House Press)

Al Ortolani for Waving Mustard in Surrender (NYQ Books)

Willie Perdomo for The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon (Penguin)

Matthew Zapruder for Sun Bear (Copper Canyon Press)

Last Updated: 5/14/15