Our 2014 Pushcart Prize Nominees

by Ruminate Magazine January 12, 2014

  Lindsey DeLoach Jones is nominated for her essay "Fall in Love, Lourdemie", published in Issue 28, Not Forgotten, and runner up in the 2013 VanderMey Nonfiction Prize. She lives with her husband and baby girl in Greenville, South Carolina, where she edits Emrys Journal. She earned her MFA in creative nonfiction from Seattle Pacific University and her MA in English from the College of Charleston, and she’s currently trying to figure out a way to go to school forever. Lindsey is a novice vegetable gardener, foodie wannabe, and former Wheel of Fortune contestant who can often be found drinking hot chocolate in coffee shops. In college, she thought she invented the creative nonfiction genre—but as it turns out, it was already a thing.

David Brendan Hopes
is nominated for his short story "On Saturdays He Drove The Ford Pickup", which appeared in Issue 27, Glimpses. David teaches, writes, and gardens, in Asheville, North Carolina, where he and his students have recently opened a scruffy downtown performance space called Apothecary. His play, "The Loves of Mr Lincoln", opened in New York in May, 2013.

  Jay Kidd
's poem '"Runaway Dorothy" Was the Name of the Band' was selected as the winning piece of the 2013 Janet B. McCabe poetry prize, appeared in Issue 29, In Search of Song, and is now nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Jay lives in New York City with his husband Ken, and they have had the very deep satisfaction of living on the same street in Greenwich Village for nearly twenty-five years. Jay’s work has appeared in the Bellevue Literary Reviewand the Burningword Literary Journal, and he has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He studies the craft of poetry at the Writers Studio. After many years of being a psychotherapist, Jay now works as a certified life coach helping people navigate the human experience. He is a graduate of Earlham College and Union Theological Seminary. Jay is a practitioner of Bikram yoga because he likes the heat, and some of his best poetry ideas have often occurred to him in the middle of an asana. Also, Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem “God’s Grandeur” hovers always at the back of his mind.

  Melissa Reeser Poulin
is nominated for her poem "The Seeker", which appeared in Issue 29, In Search of Song. Her poems have appeared in Water~Stone Review, Catamaran Literary Journal, and Sugar House Review. A longtime gardener and aspiring beekeeper, she is currently compiling an anthology of new writing on bees. More at melissareeserpoulin.com.

  Craig Reinbold
is nominated for his essay "The Girl in the Photograph," which won Ruminate's 2013 VanderMey Nonfiction Prize and was published in Issue 28, Not Forgotten.  His work appears in recent or forthcoming issues of the Iowa Review, New England Review, Guernica, Gulf Coast, Hotel Amerika, High Country News,and a number of other more or less literary places. He and his wife currently reside in Tucson with their son and dog Olive, though they’ll soon migrate back to the Midwest where the four of them will swim all summer, hike into the fall, hibernate through winter, and reemerge come spring rejuvenated and raring for warmth and sunlight—at which point they’ll probably make omelets for breakfast.

  Latoya Watkins
has been nominated for her story 'The Mother,' which was published in Issue 29 of Ruminate, In Search of Song.  In her own words: “I’m a doctoral candidate and rhetoric instructor at the University of Texas at Dallas. Admittedly, I’m not a true academic. However, I am a writer and I am blessed and reflective and inwardly loud. I am thankful for the smallest things and humbled by life on earth. I mother three children, three dogs, and love one very supportive husband. My stories have appeared in Specter, Lunch Ticket, and Kweli Journal. I live, teach, learn in Texas and everywhere.”



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