More honors for Copper Nickel

Poems chosen for Pushcart Prize XLI

July 11, 2016
Copper Nickel issue 20 (spring 2015)
Copper Nickel issue 20 (spring 2015)

“The Antique Blacks,” a poem by Adrian Matejka, and “from Please Bury Me in This,” a poem by Allison Benis White—both published in Copper Nickel issue 20 (spring 2015)—have been chosen for inclusion in the Pushcart Prize XLI: Best of the Small Presses anthology, to be published by the Pushcart Press in November 2016.

The Pushcart Prize anthology series, edited by Bill Henderson, has been published every year since 1976, and was named among the most influential projects in the history of American publishing by Publishers Weekly. Each year multiple nominations are made by nearly every literary journal in the country, as well as by an advisory board of dozens of famous authors and editors—creating several thousand nominated pieces, from which 65 are chosen for inclusion.

Copper Nickel, the national literary journal housed at the University of Colorado Denver, was founded in 2002 by poet Jake Adam York. When York died unexpectedly in 2012, the journal went on hiatus until its relaunch in 2015 under the editorship of Wayne Miller—previously of Pleiades magazine—working with poetry editors Brian Barker and Nicky Beer, and prose editors Teague Bohlen and Joanna Luloff, all of whom are professors in the English Department at CU Denver. Issue 20, which features “The Antique Blacks” and “from Please Bury Me in This,” was the “relaunch” issue published under this new editorial team.

Since Copper Nickel’s relaunch, pieces from the journal’s pages have been chosen for inclusion in the Best American Poetry anthology, the Best American Short Stories anthology, and now the Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses anthology.

Adrian Matejka is the author of three poetry collections, most recently T h e B i g S m o k e (Penguin, 2013), which won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. The recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Lannan Foundation, he teaches at the University of Indiana and in the low-residency program at Lesley University.

Allison Benis White is the author of two poetry collections, most recently Small Porcelain Head (Four Way 2013), which was selected by Claudia Rankine for the Levis Prize. White teaches at the University of California, Riverside.

For a sample copy of issue 21, please contact Wayne Miller.

Guest Contributor: Wayne Miller, associate professor, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences