2019 Foothill Editors’ Prize Winner

D.S. Waldman for “Encanto.”

Praise for “Encanto”:

“The pitch and torsion of ‘Encanto’ blesses what it curses, in a language beautifully poised between rapture and indifference. What’s between is a delicate resilience, that of the hummingbird, that of a small beauty, insisting on being there. ‘Encanto’ shows that though there’s despair in our world, there is also something ‘more affectionate than hate’ which remains. And we must find the rage to praise it.”

–Ishion Hutchinson, Judge

2019 Foothill Editors’ Prize Finalists

Bridget A. Lyons for “Sliding into Scutes”
Dani Putney for “My Mom Was a Picture Bride”

2018 Foothill Editors’ Prize Winner

Mia S. Willis for “hecatomb.”

Mia S Willis Winner of the 2018 Foothill Edi

Praise for “hecatomb.”:

“‘hecatomb.’ stands out among the editors’ excellent selections for many brilliances: its rangy allusions, its language and specificity, its devastating progressions, its carefully timed repetitions and variations, its insistent awareness of climate and culture. Reading this poem becomes an impressive, immersive experience, and it’s an experience I definitely want others to have. I’m in awe of so much of what the author accomplishes through this poem—I can’t wait to read more of their work.”

—Genevieve Kaplan, 2018 Judge

2018 Foothill Editors’ Prize Finalists

Reilly D. Cox for “Even as Rubble, My Brother”
Inez Tan for “I Am Trying to Care about You as a Person but You Keep Turning Me into a Bear”