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2015 Firecracker Award finalists

The 2015 Firecracker Award judges have released their lists of finalists. The 2015 Firecracker Award winners were announced at the Firecracker Awards Ceremony, held on Thursday, May 19 at at powerHouse Arena in DUMBO.


  • Hum by Michelle Richmond (FC2, an imprint of University of Alabama Press)
  • List by Matthew Roberson (FC2, an imprint of University of Alabama Press)
  • Search for Heinrich Schlögel by Martha Baillie (Tin House Books)
  • Sister Golden Hair by Darcey Steinke (Tin House Books)
  • Song of the Shank by Jeffery Renard Allen (Graywolf Press)
  • Songs for the Deaf by John Henry Fleming (Burrow Press)
  • Street of Thieves by Mathias Énard (Open Letter)
  • The Family Cannon by Halina Duraj (Augury Books)
  • The Good Life Elsewhere by Vladimir Lorchenkov (New Vessel Press)
  • Us Conductors by Sean Michaels (Tin House Books)


  • The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison (Graywolf Press)
  • Loitering by Charles D’Ambrosio (Tin House Books)
  • The Other Side by Lacy M. Johnson (Tin House Books)
  • Self-Portrait in Green by Marie NDiaye (Two Lines Press)
  • Surrendering Oz by Bonnie Friedman (Etruscan Press)


  • All Star by Jesse Lonergan (NBM Publishing)
  • Beauty by Hubert & Kerascoët (NBM Publishing)
  • Family Ties by Eric Hobbs, Noel Tuazon (NBM Publishing)
  • Priya’s Shakti by Vikas K. Menon and illustrated by Dan Goldman (Rattapallax)
  • Whitman Illuminated by Allen Crawford (Tin House Books)


  • Beast Feast by Cody-Rose Clevidence (Ahsahta Press)
  • Blue Hanuman by Joan Larkin (Hanging Loose Press)
  • Exclosures by Emily Abendroth (Ahsahta Press)
  • Sonnets: Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition by Bernadette Mayer (Tender Buttons Press)
  • Tree Line by Judy Halebsky (New Issues Poetry & Prose)


  • A Boy Like Me by Jennie Wood (215 Ink)
  • Hollow City by Ransom Riggs (Quirk Books)
  • My So-Called Ruined Life by Melanie Bishop (Torrey House Press)
  • Rebels by Accident by Patricia Dunn (Sourcebooks)
  • Some Boys by Patty Blount (Sourcebooks)


(A winner will be announced for each subcategory: Best Debut, Poetry, and General Excellence)

  • 6 x 6
  • A Public Space
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Fence
  • Mosaic
  • Poetry
  • Story
  • Tin House

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