The American Poetry Review is happy to announce that Alicia Jo Rabins has been awarded the 2015 APR/Honickman First Book Prize for her manuscript Divinity School, chosen by this year’s guest judge, C. D. Wright. The book will be published in September, 2015 and will be distributed by Copper Canyon Press through Consortium.
We received over 800 submissions for the prize this year and are very grateful to have read so many excellent poems.
Alicia Jo Rabins is a poet, composer, performer and Torah scholar currently based in Portland, Oregon.
Alicia’s poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Ploughshares, 6x6, Court Green, and anthologies from NYU Press and Knopf. A classically trained violinist since the age of three, Alicia is the songwriter and bandleader of Girls in Trouble, an art-pop song cycle about the complicated lives of women in Torah, which has performed across the US, Canada and Europe, released two albums, and garnered critical praise from Huffington Post, the New Yorker, and LA Weekly. Rabins’ theater work, “A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff,” a solo chamber-rock opera about the spiritual implications of the financial collapse, premiered at Joe’s Pub in NYC and was selected by the Willamette Week as one of Portland’s top five theater performances of 2014.