Critics love Amanda. “Her lines shimmer and hum with a loopy, lovely music—a soundtrack for what ‘isn’t or might have been / or was,’” raves poet Caki Wilkinson of Moore’s 17-poem collection.
These are what chapbooks are, after all, for those of us who don’t know this stuff. The world’s original blogs began popping up around the 16th century, ultimately deriving their name from the itinerate chaps who sold these collections of essays, poems, stories, nursery rhymes, ballads, and folks tales—albums before vinyl and .mp3s.
The Emrys contest’s final-round judge, Dorianne Laux, clearly heard the music in Amanda. Laux’s an award-winner herself, a nationally acclaimed poet whose work has been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, among other honors.
Moore’s work, too, has earned major recognition. Appearing in numerous acclaimed publications nationwide, she has won the prestigious Dogfish Head Award—yes, from the craft-beer people—and the coveted Pablo Neruda Second Place Award.
She prizes the Emrys prize for its financial generosity and the week’s writing residency tucked in the Piedmont and for the Foundation itself.
She not only praises Emrys, but hopes the wider community does, too, with more involvement not just from fans of words—because what is life without them?—but from folks like her: prize-winning artists.
“I love Emrys!” she says. “Winning awards should only encourage a poet to support the arts.”