2018 Wallace Award Shortlist Announced


Foundlings Press is pleased to announce the “shortlist” for the 2018 Wallace Award.

Our thanks and congratulations go to:

S. Erin Batiste, Laura Cesarco Eglin, Zack Grabosky, Marcia LeBeau, Jakob Maier, and Nicholas Molbert.

Many thanks as well to all who submitted, shared our call, and continue to read Foundlings books and other publications.

Bios of our 2018 finalists follow:

S. Erin Batiste is a poet. She has recently been named a finalist for the 2018 Furious Flower Poetry Prize and The New Guard Knightville Poetry Contest, a semi-finalist for the 2018 92Y’s Discovery Contest, and was long listed for the 2018 Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize and 2018 Peach Mag Gold in Poetry. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Brooklyn Poets, and Atlantic Center for the Arts. Her work is forthcoming or appears in Wildness, Cosmonauts AvenueThe New Guard, Peach Mag, Haunt Journal of Art, and the Puerto del Sol Black Voices Series

Laura Cesarco Eglin is a poet and translator from Uruguay. She is the author of three collections of poetry, Calling Water by Its Name, translated by Scott Spanbauer (Mouthfeel Press, 2016), Sastrería (Yaugurú, 2011), and Los brazos del saguaro(Yaugurú, 2015). A selection of poems from Sastrería was translated collaboratively into English with Teresa Williams, and subsequently published as the chapbook Tailor Shop: Threads (Finishing Line Press, 2013). Cesarco Eglin has also published the chapbook Occasions to Call Miracles Appropriate (The Lune, 2015). Her poems, as well as her translations (from the Spanish, Portuguese, Portuñol, and Galician), have appeared or are forthcoming in a variety of journals, including Modern Poetry in Translation, Eleven Eleven, Puerto del Sol, Copper Nickel, Spoon River Poetry Review, Arsenic Lobster, International Poetry Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Columbia Poetry Review, Blood Orange Review, Timber, Pretty Owl Poetry, Pilgrimage, Periódico de Poesía, and more. Her poems are also featured in the Uruguayan women’s section of Palabras Errantes, Plusamérica: Latin American Literature in Translation. Cesarco Eglin is the translator of Of Death. Minimal Odes by the Brazilian author Hilda Hilst, forthcoming from co•im•press in 2018. She is the co-founding editor and publisher of Veliz Books. 

Zack Grabosky grew up outside Cazenovia, New York, and graduated from Binghamton University with an M.A. in Creative Writing. He works as a Learning Specialist at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania and spends his time gardening, camping, and fishing. Zack currently lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania with his wife Tomoko, son Baizhong, and dog Dodger.

Marcia LeBeau's poems have been published in Painted Bride Quarterly, Moon City Review, Rattle, SLANT, and elsewhere. Her work has also appeared in O: The Oprah Magazine and been read on the radio. She holds an MFA in poetry from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. Marcia lives in South Orange, NJ where she is an artist-in-residence in the schools and plays viola in the local symphony. With her husband, she is co-founder of The Rectangle Studio & Gallery in The Valley Arts District in Orange, NJ. 

Jakob Maier is a poet and artist in Syracuse, NY. He has an MFA from Syracuse University, is the author of the microchap Conversations (Ghost City Press, 2017), and was once all six friends from Friends for Halloween. He serves as a poetry editor for Peach Mag.

Nicholas Molbert lives and writes in Central Illinois as an MFA candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He currently serves as Ninth Letter’s assistant poetry editor. His poetry and nonfiction have been published in or is forthcoming from American Literary ReviewFjords ReviewFoothill Journal, and Missouri Review Online among others.

Foundlings Press will announce the winner of the 2018 Wallace Award on Thursday, January 24th.