Bloodroot by Catherine Jagoe
Catherine Jagoe of Madison, Wis., has won the 2015-16 Settlement House American Poetry Prize. Her collection of poems, Bloodroot, will be published in the fall. In addition to publication, the award includes a $500 advance and royalties. Finalists were Doren Robbins, Lisa Grunberger, Claudette Mork Siggs and Kathleen Helen.
Catherine Jagoe was born in Britain and lived in England, Nigeria and Spain before coming to the U.S. in the 1980s. She has a PhD in Spanish literature from the University of Cambridge and has translated two novels, one by the 19th-century Spanish author Galdós and the other by the contemporary Argentine writer Elsa Osorio, as well as new Uruguayan poetry by Paula Simonetti, Sebastián Rivero and Luis Bravo. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Casting Off (Parallel Press) and News from the North (Finishing Line Press). Her poems have been featured on The Writer’s Almanac and Poetry Daily. In 2015, Ms. Jagoe won the Norbert Blei poetry award. Her essays have won a Pushcart Prize and nonfiction awards from the Council for Wisconsin Writers and So to Speak journal. They have also been featured on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Wisconsin Life series.
The Settlement House American Poetry Prize acknowledges the importance of the immigrant legacy and its potential as a force for social justice, tolerance and goodwill in the United States. Initiated in 2014, the Prize includes publication by Settlement House of a collection of poems by a first-generation American, including both immigrants and children born of immigrants to the United States as well as individuals with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status and Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The Prize alternates annually between a book written in the language of a poet's ancestry and translated into English and a collection written in English.
The 2016-17 Settlement House American Poetry Prize is for a bilingual collection of poems by a first generation American poet. The collection must have been written in the language of the poet’s ancestry and translated into English. This is not an open competition; we will not consider unsolicited manuscripts.
Many thanks to all who contributed to this year’s crowd funding campaign in support of the Settlement House American Poetry Prize.
In 2014, Settlement House named Alicia Partnoy winner of the first annual Settlement House American Poetry Prize for her collection of poems Flowering Fires/Fuegos Florales, translated by the poet Gail Wronsky.
Alicia Partnoy is a survivor from the secret detention camps where about 30,000 Argentineans “disappeared.” Following her release from the detention camp, Partnoy immigrated to the United States as a refuee in 1979. She is the author of The Little School: Tales of Disappearance and Survivaland of the poetry collections Little Low Flying/Volando bajito and Revenge of the Apple/Venganza de la manzana. She is the editor of You Can’t Drown the Fire: Latin American Women Writing in Exile. From 2003 to 2006, she was co-editor of Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social.