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Carl Marcum wins Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize

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Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, and Red Hen Press, the Los Angeles area literary press, are pleased to announce Carl Marcum as the winner of the Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize—an initiative which supports the publication of a second or third book by a Latinx poet residing in the United States. His full-length manuscript was selected by noted poet, memoirist, editor and publisher Carmen Giménez Smith.

“Reading A Camera Obscura is like having your head in the clouds, like understanding the source of stars, a book ‘so vast it stays captured’ in your imagination. And this is precisely what Carl Marcum pulls off in this stunning work,” Giménez Smith shared.

Carl Marcum was born in Nogales, Arizona to a Mexican mother and Anglo Father. He received his MFA from the University of Arizona and published his first collection, Cue Lazarus, with the University of Arizona Press as part of their Camino del Sol series. He has been a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, and a recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council, and the Ragdale Foundation. His poems have been featured in the anthologies The Wind Shifts: New Latino PoetryCamino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing and Latino/a Rising: An Anthology of  Latin@ Science Fiction and Fantasy. He taught Creative Writing for many years at DePaul University in Chicago and now lives in Pittsburgh where he manages an Engineering and Environmental Consulting Firm in the Marcellus Shale.

“I am very pleased to have A Camera Obscura selected. I am doubly thrilled that my work was selected by Carmen Giménez Smith, a poet I admire and respect. There are so few awards for second and third books, and I am very happy that this initiative seeks to award Latinx poets who have already published a debut collection. In my experience, the second collection is more difficult to write, and more rewarding to complete. Estoy muy honrado de ser seleccionado para este premio. Mil gracias,” Marcum said, shortly after receiving the news that his manuscript had been designated the winner.

The Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize, which is deliberate in how it paces the publication of its winners, has two books in the pipeline now. Joe Jiménez’s manuscript, Allegory, Rattlesnake, was selected by Rigoberto González in 2016 is slated for publication next year (2019). Carl Marcum’s collection is slotted for 2021. The next submission deadline is January 15, 2020. The final judge is yet to be designated.

The Letras Latinas/Red Hen series to date is as follows:

Speaking Wiri Wiri (2013)

by Dan Vera

—selected by Orlando Ricardo Menes

The Gravedigger’s Archaeology (2015)

by William Archila

—selected by Orlando Ricardo Menes*

Beasts Behave in Foreign Land  (2017)

by Ruth Irupé Sanabria

—selected by Lorna Dee Cervantes

Allegory, Rattlesnake (2019)—forthcoming

by Joe Jiménez

—selected by Rigoberto González

A Camera Obscura (2021)—forthcoming

by Carl Marcum

—selected by Carmen Giménez Smith

Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the Institute for Latino Studies (ILS), strives to enhance the visibility, appreciation and study of Latinx literature both on and off the campus of the University of Notre Dame—with an emphasis on programs that support newer voices, foster a sense of community among writers, and place Latinx writers in community spaces. Letras Latinas is a founding member of the Poetry Coalition, a group of organizations working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds.

Red Hen Press, based in Pasadena, CA, is committed to publishing works of literary excellence, supporting diversity, and promoting literacy in local schools. They seek a community of readers and writers who are actively engaged in the essential human practice known as literature.

*in order to establish the desired pace of publication, the inaugural judge was asked to select two manuscripts from the first pool of entries