The Nasiona’s 2019 Pushcart Prize Nominees

We couldn’t be more excited to announce The Nasiona‘s 2019 Pushcart Prize nominees. We are honored to call our magazine the home to such inspiring work and talent. Congratulations to the following writers. We wish them the best of luck. In order of publication date:

1. Carl Boon, “Reader’s Digest, December 1969,” poetry, Issue 2, September 12, 2018.
2. Laurel Brown, “Open Season,” creative nonfiction, Issue 2, September 26, 2018.
3. Morelle Smith, “Passages,” creative nonfiction, Issue 4, November 2, 2018.
4. Mireya S. Vela, “Doctores,” creative nonfiction, Issue 4, November 6, 2018.
5. Robin Gow, “Softball,” creative nonfiction, Issue 4, November 12, 2018.
6. Stephen D. Gutierrez, “I Saw It All,” creative nonfiction, Issue 4, November 15, 2018.
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CARL BOON lives in Izmir, Turkey, where he teaches courses in American literature at 9 Eylül University. His poems appear in dozens of magazines, including The Maine Review and Posit. A Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, Boon is currently editing a volume on food in American literature.

Twitter: @hiway61carl

A recent graduate from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, LAUREL BROWN is from Cleveland, Ohio. Previous works have been published in her college’s newspaper and student-run magazine, The Herald and The Martini, respectively. She is eager to share her work as she continues to explore the world through writing.

MORELLE SMITH’s writing reflects travel, particularly in European countries, where she has lived, worked, studied, or held writers’ residencies. Her awards include Audience Award for her poetry, (Ukraine, 2014) and Autumn Voices prize for her prose (UK, 2017). Her most recent book is Shaping the Water Path (poetry, 2017)

Twitter: @MorelleSullivan

MIREYA S. VELA is a creative nonfiction writer and researcher in Los Angeles. In her work, Ms. Vela addresses the needs of immigrant Mexican families and the disparities they face every day. She tackles issues of inequity and how ingrained societal systems support the (ongoing) injustice that contributes to continuing poverty and abuse. Ms. Vela received her Bachelor’s degree in English from Whitter College and received her Master of Fine Arts from Antioch University in 2018. She is also a visual artist.

Follow her on Instagram and Twitter: @mireyasvela

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ROBIN GOW‘s poetry has recently been published in POETRYFurrowcarte blancheFIVE:2:ONE, and Corbel Stone Press. He is a graduate student at Adelphi University pursing an MFA in Creative Writing. He runs two poetry blogs and serves as the production editor of the Lantern literary magazine and the poetry intern for Oyster River Pages. He is an out and proud bisexual transgender man passionate about LGBT issues. He loves poetry that lilts in and out of reality and his queerness is also the central axis of his work. He’s inspired trans and gender non-conforming poets like Eileen Myles and Alok Vaid-Menon.

STEPHEN D. GUTIERREZ is the author of three books, most recently The Mexican Man in His Backyard, and an American Book Award winner. His nonfiction has appeared in Fourth Genre, River Teeth, ZYZZYVA, and other magazines. An essay in Waccamaw 16 received a Notable Essay citation in Best American Essays.

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