Poets Network & Exchange Magazine Announces Pushcart Prize Nominees

A New DesignPoets Network & Exchange, Inc. is honored for a second year to announce our choices for Pushcart Prize Nominees. Our Nominees represent four poets, an essayist, a memoirist and a storyteller.  It was an honor to read their work. We wish each of our nominees success in all of their present and future endeavors.
We present our six nominees and their categories.

Radhiyah Ayobami
born in Brooklyn , writes and workshops with pregnant teens, inmates, and elders. An Africana studies graduate of Brooklyn College and a prose MFA
graduate from Mills College in Oakland. Honors awarded from the New
York Foundation for the Arts and the Sustainable Arts Foundation.
women’s business here (Non-fiction)

Mercy L. Tullis Bukhari
is a wife, mom of two and writer of fiction and poetry. She finds inspiration
from being Bronx-bred, from The Bronx and a feisty woman. She has featured at the Nuyorican Poetry Cafe and The Bronx Book Fair  among many venues. A tenured high school English Language Arts teacher and adjunct professor of American Literature and at the College of New Rochelle. Mercy is the author of SMOKE, her first poetry collection published by Blind Beggar Press. When Mercy is not tending to her family or teaching, she’s writing her first novel.
Black Dolls for Everyone (Memoir)

Carmen D. Lucca
born in Puerto Rico, Carmen D. Lucca is a bilingual poet, author-translator  of the first collection of Julia De Burgos’ poetry. Ms. Lucca, whose poetry has been published in Ireland, Latin America, Puerto Rico and the United States. Awards
include the Palma De Burgos, a Silver Medal from the Academie des Arts, Sciences et Lettres, Paris, France, a 108th Wing Essential Piece  for her contribution to the National Hispanic Heritage Month events honoring Julia De Burgos at McGuire Air Base, and a Disney Teacher-Award nomination. Ms. Lucca’s most recent poetry book is The Sunset Watcher, a collection of poetic meditations based on her observations of life.
Thanks for My Bronx (Poetry)

Sokunthary Svay
is a Khmer writer and musician from the Bronx, New York. She and her family were refugees from Cambodia who survived the genocidal Khmer Rouge Regime. She is the poetry editor for Newtown Literary. A founding member of the Cambodian American Literary Arts Association (CALAA), her work has been published internationally in Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, London and Australia. Svay was a subject in New York Magazine’s “Living in a Sanctuary City” portfolio and featured in the New York Immigration Coalition’s This is Our NY, broadcast in Times Square. Additional writing credits include Homelands: Women’s Journeys Across Race, Place and Time, LONTAR: Journal for Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction, FLESH, Prairie Schooner, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Blue Lyra Review and Mekong Review.
She is the author of Apsara in New York, a first collection of poetry, Willow Press. She is a past Willow Arts Alliance Residency Fellow and a recipient of the First Friday Residency at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning. Svay recently received an American Opera Projects’ Composers & the Voice Fellowship for 2017-18, where she will gain experience as a writer for voice and the operatic stage alongside her composer partner Liliya Ugay.
Don’t Let Your Heritage Be Past Tense (Poetry)

Peuo Tatyana Tuy
is a spoken word poet, creative workshop instructor, and community organizer. Her poetry collection, Khmer Girl (2014), is inspired by the traumas of her life, including her family escaping the killing fields of their native Cambodia and enduring the inequities of life as immigrants in the United States. Her work has appeared in Art Papers (2016), WHYY (2017), a Philadelphia news media, and Poets Network & Exchange magazine (2017), Lao American Review (2017), Sahtu Press (2017), LAOMAGINATION (2017). She has also been featured in video projects such as The New School’s “Futurographies: Cambodia-USA-France (2016), Northern Monday Films (2017), Urbintel (2005), and 30ToLifeProductions (2016). Peuo Tuy
has appeared at Harvard Law School, Massachusetts State House, The Big Read/Miami Book Fair, the 2017 Minnesota Fringe Festival, New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as various junior high schools and high schools in the east coast. Peuo is one of the founding members and the Executive Director of the new Cambodian American Literary Arts Association, and is currently working on her forthcoming book of poetry entitled, Neon Light Brights. During her free time she loves to swim, jog, read, travel, watch movies and TV shows, and devour dark chocolate cakes.
Hasbro Neon Light Brights (Poetry)

Elizabeth White
is an author and seasoned non-profit executive with domestic and international expertise in economic development, aging solutions and gender equality.  Ms. White earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Masters in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University, and a BS in Political Science from Oberlin College.
Breaking the Reframe on Aging (Essay)

Lorraine Currelley, Executive Director & Editor

About the Pushcart Prize


The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses series, published every year since 1976, is the most honored literary project in America.

Since 1976, hundreds of presses and thousands of writers of short stories, poetry and essays have been represented in our annual collections. Each year most of the writers and many of the presses are new to the series. Every volume contains an index of past selections, plus lists of outstanding presses with addresses.

The Pushcart Prize has been a labor of love and independent spirits since its founding. It is one of the last surviving literary co-ops from the 60’s and 70’s.



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