By Peter LaBerge, Founder & Editor-in-Chief.
The Adroit Journal is thrilled to announce that Madeleine Cravens' Summer 2014 nonfiction essay “Girls and Boys: Growing Up in Four Parts” and Richie Hofmann's Summer 2014 poem "Midwinter" have been selected by guest editors Michael Martone and Kathy Fagan (respectively) for inclusion in the 2014 Best of the Net Anthology, to be published in mid-March by Sundress Publications.
This news marks the journal's first inclusions in the anthology, following its first nomination cycle earlier this academic year. The anthology seeks to “bring greater respect to [the] innovative and continually expanding medium” of online publication. Nearly 150 journals nominate more than a thousand pieces for the few annual seats.
Richie Hofmann is the Creative Writing Fellow in Poetry at Emory University. His debut collection of poems, Second Empire, is the recipient of the Beatrice Hawley Award, and is forthcoming from Alice James Books in November 2015. He is the recipient of a Ruth Lily Poetry Fellowship from The Poetry Foundation, and his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, Poetry, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and Poetry Daily.
Madeleine Cravens is a freshman at Oberlin College, and a recent graduate of Bard High School Early College in New York City. Her work can be found in The Postscript Journal, Revolver Literary Magazine, the Winter 2014 Issue of The Adroit Journal, and the Human Parts collection of medium.com.
This marks Hofmann's and Cravens’ first appearances in the anthology. Coincidentally, Hofmann served as the judge of the 2014 Adroit Prize for Poetry, while Cravens was named the runner-up for the 2014 Adroit Prize for Prose. Guest judge and University of Alabama professor Wendy Rawlings says, “‘Girls and Boys: Growing Up in Four Parts’ lyrically evokes the trials of adolescence in a way I found entirely fresh.”
As a college freshman, Cravens is the youngest inclusion in Best of the Net history.
For more information about Best of the Net, please visit the website here.