The 2018 Conrad-Nabokov Award

 

The winner of the 2018 Conrad-Nabokov Award is Efi Kalogeraki.

Efi is originally from Athens, Greece and now lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. This is the first time a poet has been selected for the award. 

Our judge for the award was California poet Chryss Yost. (Please find more information about her below. And please seek out her lovely book Mouth & Fruit.) We are grateful for her participation. The Conrad-Nabokov Award is not an easy contest to judge, as the judge must choose among poets and prose writers. It’s also difficult because the sample size is small, meaning that Chryss made her choice based on a single story or two poems from each writer.

The other writers shortlisted for the award were fiction writers Cecilia Duijts Lindahl and Silje Wessel Pettersen and poets Robert Johansson and Lydia Duprat. Congratulations to you all as well!

Along with her final decision, here’s what Ms. Yost wrote: 

I found much to enjoy and elements to admire in each piece. I was impressed by the imagery in both poems and stories. Both fiction entries captured the disequilibrium of travel with careful description and the sensual impressions of place. The poems reflected a range of style of subject matter, with individual lines and images that captured my imagination. Ultimately, I selected Poet 2 [Efi] for the connection between the internal and external worlds. The image of moving through a crowd "like liquid poured into a jar full of stones" stuck with me. The "garden of transplants" struck me as well, carefully observed and resonating with the poet's sense of displacement. I will forever see magnolia blossoms as "velvet candles," a poetic labeling that makes the familiar suddenly new. 

Congratulations to Efi Kalogeraki! And thank you again to Chryss Yost for judging!

 

Chryss Yost is the author of Mouth & Fruit, and two previous chapbooks. She has co-edited numerous anthologies and served as Santa Barbara Poet Laureate from 2013-2015. Her poems have been widely collected and have appeared in Crab Orchard ReviewQuarterly WestHudson ReviewAskewSoloMiramar, and many other journals, anthologies, and textbooks. She is co-editor of Gunpowder Press and director of the Santa Barbara Poetry Fund.