We're incredibly excited to showcase our nominations for the 2020 Pushcart Prize. Determining which pieces we wanted to nominate was by no means an easy process, and we want to thank each and every one of our contributors this year for that. We're proud and honored to have the privilege of publishing such small but powerful work, and we hope to remain a haven for words and art that are larger than their size on the page.
Below, you'll find our nominations, along with the companion visual art with which each was paired.
Rachael Petersen is a writer and researcher in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her writing explores how humans can create meaningful experiences of belonging in a culture that conspires to separate us from ourselves, each other, and the natural world. Her creative writing has been featured in The Rumpus, The Outline, Ruminate, Pinkley Press, and Wherever Magazine.
Merridawn Duckler is a poet and installation artist from Portland, Oregon and author of INTERSTATE, dancing girl press. Recent work in Ninth Letter, Pithead Chapel, Queen Mob’s Tea House, museum of americana. Fellowships/awards include Yaddo, Southampton Poetry Conference, Poets on the Coast, Sundress Academy. Merridawn is also an editor at Narrative and at the philosophy journal Evental Aesthetics.
Korey Wallace's poetry has appeared in many online journals. He writes, dreams, and overworks in Sioux City, Iowa.
Jeffrey Hantover is a published poet and novelist living in New York.
Carol McMahon is a teacher whose work has been published, or is forthcoming, in various journals (Prodigal, Clockhouse, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Rumpus, Poet Lore) and has a chapbook, On Any Given Day, published by FootHills Press (2006). McMahon received an MFA in Poetry from the Rainier Writing Workshop in Washington State and, when she is not with 11-year-olds, spends her time either running or rowing.
Scott Russell Duncan, a.k.a. Scott Duncan-Fernandez, recently completed The Ramona Diary of SRD, a memoir of growing up Chicano-Anglo and a fantastical tour reclaiming the myths of Spanish California. Scott’s fiction involves the mythic, the surreal, the abstract, in other words, the weird. Scott received his MFA from Mills College in Oakland, California where he now lives and writes. He is an assistant editor at Somos en escrito. His work has appeared in Border Senses, Label Me Latina/o, Gemini Magazine, Somos en escrito, Diagram, Communion Literary Magazine, Ofi Press, Williwaw Anthology of the Marvelous, Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose, Tiny Donkey and translated into Spanish in Canibaal. See more about his work on Scott’s website scottrussellduncan.com