2015 Backwaters Prize Winner is . . .

Congratulations to Kim Garcia, whose manuscript DRONE was selected by our judge, Heid E. Erdrich, as the winner of the 2015 Backwaters Prize.

The winner receives a cash prize of $1,000 and publication of the winning manuscript.


“Kim Garcia’s DRONE imagines the contemporary paradox of war in which we can pilot an ‘unpiloted’ aircraft. These compassionate poems reveal as much concern for our presumed enemies as for those listening and watching at a distance. We sense a great humanity behind this beautifully crafted book-length meditation centered on a woman’s perspective on war.”

—Heid E. Erdrich, 2015 Backwaters Prize Judge

Kim Garcia is the author of Tales of the Sisters, winner of the 2015 Sow’s Ear Chapbook Contest, and Madonna Magdalene from Turning Point Books. She has received the 2014 Lynda Hull Memorial Prize, an AWP Intro Writing Award, a Hambidge Fellowship, and an Oregon Individual Artist Grant. Her poems have been featured on The Writer’s Almanac, and have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Crazyhorse, Mississippi Review, Nimrod, and Subtropics.  She teaches creative writing at Boston College.

Heid E. Erdrich is author of four poetry collections: Fishing for Myth, The Mother’s Tongue, National Monuments, and Cell Traffic: New and Selected Poems. She has also published a memoir-in-recipes: Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories, and Recipes from the Upper Midwest. Her writing has won awards and honors from the Loft Literary Center, Bush Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, The First Peoples Fund, and other organizations. She teaches in the low-residency MFA writing program at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Heid lives in Minnesota with her husband, kids, and a feisty Jack Russell terrier.


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