Bellow are my nominations for the Alt Lit Awards which happened last night while I was in transit from ruralish Eastern Washington to Seattle. I did not nominate an Alt Lit Prom King and Queen because I was not aware that was a category when Frank sent me the ballot a couple weeks ago. I am more than flattered to share the title with Richard Chiem. Richard texted me about the award while I was eating dinner with my family before they took me to the airport. Following the announcement, my mom tried to explain internet lit to my grandparents.
All the people/journals/poems/stories/books that were recognized last night deserve that recognition, but I wanted to give a shout out to some of my favorite pieces/entities/people from this year. Also, I will admit that my list blatantly favors the Pacific Northwest.
Alt Lit Writer of the Year (male) – Blake Butler for his continued contributions to the alt/young/internet lit community and for proving small press writers can successfully transition to large press.
Best Alt Lit Short Story – “Age Hung Us Out to Dry” by Ryan Call
Best Alt Lit Poem – “Why I Am A Tree” by Heather Christle
Best Alt Lit Online Mag – Housefire
Best Alt Lit Journal/Mag – Pank
Best Alt Lit Chapbook- “The Cows” by Lydia Davis. Don’t know if Lydia Davis can still be considered alt lit. Don’t care.
Best Alt Lit Moment- The launch of the Lit Pub
Breakout Alt Lit Writer (Male)- Ryan Call
Breakout Alt Lit Writer (Female) – Megan Boyle
Best New Litzine – Hoarse
And now, Ricky C. and I will take our dance as prom king and queen via Michael Inscoe’s video “We Are a Goldmine”