BEACON STREET PRIZE WINNERS 2021

FICTION

So You May Sleep Again by Erin Cecelia Thomas

Erin Cecilia Thomas is a writer originally from Upstate New York. She has a BA from Berklee College of Music and is currently pursuing an MFA in fiction at Lesley University. Her work has been published in Anomaly, Oyez Review, Into the Void, Illuminations of the Fantastic, and Archipelago: The Allegory Ridge Fiction Anthology. She currently lives in Nashville, TN, and can be found atexcxt.com.

NONFICTION

Homesick Island by Bea Chang

Bea Chang is a writer, feminist, and traveler who was born in Taiwan, raised in California and New Jersey, and has traveled to 68 countries. She received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Washington, and her short stories and essays have appeared in Awesome Sports Project, Broad Street, Memoir Magazine, Toasted Cheese Literary Journal, and Colere: A Journal of Cultural Exploration. Her essays have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and named a notable mention in The Best American Essays(2017) and The Best American Sports Writing(2018). She is the 2020 recipient of Anne G. Locascio Scholarship at the Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference. You can view her work at www.beachang.com or follow her at @BeaChang_10 on Twitter.

POETRY

HISTORY BRINGS THE HEART TO REPENT Susan Coronel

Susan Michele Coronel is a poet and educator based in New York City. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in publications including Spillway, The Inflectionist Review, Gyroscope Review, The Night Heron Barks, Prometheus Dreaming, ONE ART, Funicular, TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics, Ekphrastic Review, and Passengers Journal. In 2020, she received a Parent-Writer Fellowship in poetry from Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. Her poems were longlisted for the 2021 Sappho Prize for Women Poets. She recently completed her first full-length poetry manuscript.

THE ROAD TO ROME Lucy Wainger grew up in New York City. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in the Best American Poetry series, DIAGRAM, The Margins, Passages North, POETRY, and elsewhere. She currently studies poetry and teaches college writing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. More at lucyxwainger.com.

ALIGATOR FIGHT by Ariel Herbert

Arielle Hebert is a queer poet based in Durham, NC. She holds an MFA in poetry from North Carolina State University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Great River Review, Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry, and Willow Springs, among others. She was a finalist for the 2021 Pink Poetry Prize, and won the 2020 Claire Keyes Poetry Award judged by Erika Meitner and the 2019 North Carolina State University poetry contest judged by Ada Limón. Arielle believes in ghosts and magic. www.ariellehebert.com

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