Award-winning novelist and memoirist Edwidge Danticat is this year’s judge for Kore Press’ Short Fiction Award. Having fallen in love as an undergrad with Danticat’s Krik? Krak!, a collection of short stories that brought the beauty and heartache of Haiti to the attention of the American literary scene, it was such a pleasure to ask her about her writing process and inspirations. Danticat has written and edited several books, including The Farming of Bones, The Dew Breaker, Brother, I’m Dying, the anthology Haiti Noir, and the young adult novel Untwine. Born and raised in Haiti until immigrating to Brooklyn, New York at age twelve, Danticat has been writing since she was nine years old. A graduate from Brown University’s MFA program and a 2009 recipient of the MacArthur Genius Grant, she currently lives in Miami with her husband and daughter, and continues to advocate for issues affecting Haitians, here and aboard. Q&A here.


Notes From The Motherfield is an edited column of fieldnotes, essays, and writings of various shapes and durations by motherwriters.

Saving One Another's Lives A conversation

with Women Writers of Color About

Postpartum Mood Disorders

with Pooja Makhijani, Sharline Chiang, Tyrese L. Coleman, MK, & A'Driane Nieves

A'DRIANE NIEVES: "I knew the first night in the hospital that something was wrong. I remember holding my son and feeling as though I wanted to break out of my skin and run away. Lack of sleep and his constant crying (or his older brother whining) were my top two anxiety triggers. I coped by trying to keep everything neat and organized. I spent so much time on my bathroom floor, trying to cool my body down from the sweats my anxiety triggered. It was relentless and would come in waves, leaving me exhausted and shaking. I had moments of sadness, but they were usually triggered by guilt over the detachment I felt toward my son. Bonding with him was difficult. I also experienced rage that would catch me off guard. I remember screaming one time after my oldest spilled some milk, and while I was screaming I was saying to myself, “What the hell is wrong with me? Who am I right now?” [excerpt] see the full conversation here.

Motherhood Bringing Things to the Surface by Dungy, Rigby, Moritz

Writing Natural Birth by Toi Derricotte

This is How it Happens by Christine Simokaitis

motherhood is requiring that much by Adria Bernardi

Motherhood as Grand Mal by Soma Mei Sheng Frazier HERE

Living In-Between by Shefali Milczarek-Desai HERE

Invisible Labors by Monica J. Casper HERE

Kore Biters is a monthly interview series that highlights the writing and literary activism of women writers who are transgressive and transformative.

by Arisa White and Imani Sims

On Hiatus for January 2016

December /What Would Audre Do? with t'ai freedom ford

November/In New Hands with Cate Marvin

October/Being projection-able with Hoa Nguyen

Sept/Playgrounds & Piraguas with Denice Frohman

Aug/ALL the Way Open... with Rae Gouirand

June/Beginning with Her... with Lorna Dee Cervantes

May/Sibilant Sentences & Rhymes with Tsering Wangmo Dhompa

April /Candor is My Default with Airea D. Matthews

Feb / Skin. Muscle. Bones. with Minal Hajratwala

January / Mammoth & Moxie with Rachel McKibbens

Nov-Dec / Mettasphere with Metta Sáma

October / Bitches' Brew with Erika L. Sánchez


Roll call! Huge shout out of appreciations to Kore's 2014 Open Submissions Editorial Team!

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Edwidge Danticat to judge

Kore's 2016 Short Fiction Award

April 10, 2016 DEADLINE

winner receives $1250 prize + publication

see full guidelines and contest info here

Edwidge Danticat is the author of several books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection, Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist, The Farming of Bones, The Dew Breaker, Create Dangerously , and Claire of the Sea Light. She is also the editor of The Butterfly's Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States, Best American Essays 2011, Haiti Noir and Haiti Noir 2. She  has written five books for children and  young adults, Anacaona, Behind the Mountains, Eight Days, The Last Mapou , and Mama's Nightingale, as well as a travel narrative, After the Dance. Her memoir, Brother, I'm Dying, was a 2007 finalist for the National Book Award and a 2008 winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. She is a 2009 MacArthur fellow. Her most recent books is Untwine, a young adult novel. (photo by Jonathan Demme).

Lidia Yuknavitch to judge

Kore's 2016 Memoir Award

April 14, 2016 NEW DEADLINE

$1000 prize plus book publication

A new award to be given annually for a full length memoir / memoir-in-essays (150-300 pages) written by a female oriented (self-defined) writer. $25 entry fee, online submissions accepted through midnight April 14, 2016 MST. Full guidelines here.



2015 First Book Award winner

Zayne Turner for "Body Burden"


winner receives $1500 plus publication

Tracie Morris: "This manuscript is visceral, bold and expansive. The writing and its organization is physically impactful. The range of writings and the seamless ways in which very different types of writing interact with each other unites driven and divergent environments of poetic thought. Body Burden inhabits the body. It's a pleasure to read, see and *feel* with the body."

Zayne Turner, grew up in the rural High Desert of Oregon. She is the author of the chapbook Memory of My Mouth, from dancing girl press, and chapbooks and broadsides published in her name and collaboratively as T.H. Peros by Edison St. Press. She has received grants and fellowships for literary & visual arts from the Arteles Creative Center in Finland, Oregon Arts Commission, Vermont Studio Center and the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow. She lives and works in Minneapolis

Finalists: Nancy Chen Long & Leah Huizar

Morris: "Light Into Bodies fills the senses with the cracks and crinkles, the delicate reverberations that indicate the fragility of life. It's understatement and economy fully engages unsettling remembrances for the reader as someone who engages in this world, this family as well as the ghosts of one's own."     
Nancy Chen Long is the author of the chapbook Clouds as Inkblots for the War Prone (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2013). Recent work is in Bat City Review, Pleiades, Superstition Review, DIAGRAM, and elsewhere. As a volunteer with the local Writers Guild, she coordinates a reading series and offers free poetry workshops to the public. Nancy has a BS in Electrical Engineering Technology, an MBA and MFA, and worked as an electrical engineer, software consultant, and project manager. She currently works at Indiana Universi
ty in the Research Technologies division.

Morris: "The landscape in this beautiful manuscript is rich, verdant and a tough terrain. The book presents work through an unflinching panoramic vision. I enjoyed experiencing these poems of "Inland Empire" over and over."  

Leah Huizar  is a Mexican-American writer originally from Southern California. She holds an MFA from The Pennsylvania State University and her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Nimrod, Crab Orchard Review, Nashville Review, and elsewhere.


2015 Kore Press Short Fiction Winner

Tayler Heuston for "Hostages"


winner receives $1250 prize plus limited edition and e-pubs

Roxane Gay: "'Hostages' is the best kind of short story--multi-layered, nuanced, rich with detail. Henry and Therese Hines have a seemingly normal life, a happy marriage, until the FBI shows up, and their neighbors learn that many years ago, Henry kidnapped Therese, and she has, it seems, been his hostage for decades. Hostages isn't their story though, not really. Instead, this is a story of a woman who hardly knew the Hines's trying to make sense of the public spectacle of trauma and the ways in which we can be drawn to the people or things that hurt us."

Tayler Heuston, 26-year old California-native, just completed an MFA in fiction writing at North Carolina State University. She received the Robbie S. Knott endowment in 2014, and was a finalist for the 2015-2016 Wisconsin Institute Fellowship. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Two Serious Ladies, Spectrum, Into the Teeth of the Wind, and she has a story forthcoming in At Length Magazine. She is also a fiction reader for the Raleigh Review. Tayler lives in Raleigh, NC.

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by No'u Revilla

      Rope / Tongue

       Grandma was a lizard at our age. She walked first, the story goes.

       And learned to climb. Up the stiff metal pole. Up and over the 

        hanging head. Up until she was up and it was down.

        The lamp post I thought
        was a cervix to the sky,
        but no, not female. It belonged
        to the pier. And thus us.
        We pissed everywhere.
                      on the bridge
                      on the concrete floor
                      on the steps running down to the tires
                      in the ocean where we waited for others to jump.


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Rachel Moritz, Monica Ong, Laynie Browne,

Natalie Diaz, Myha T. Do, Mary Byrne.



some said you were the spitting image of evil

by t'ai freedom ford

$10, 11x17" limited edition broadside

Winner of The Feminist Wire Poetry Contest, selected by Evie Shockley

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Borrowed Wave by Rachel Moritz

"We sometimes view beauty with suspicion—how does the pleasure it affords seduce us, mislead us? The startling beauty of Rachel Moritz’s poems serves a different purpose. This beauty spatializes experience as an exquisite, if partially remembered—wavering—landscape."

—Elizabeth Robinson

$17.95, 6x9," 80 pgs, perfect bound

ISBN 978-1-888553-67-3


Kore's 3 most recent award-winning

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To Boil Water by Myha T. Do

A Parallel Life by Mary Byrne

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To Boil Water by Myha T. Do

Kore Short Fiction Winner selected by Kate Bernheimer

"To Boil Water is so iconoclastic, so elliptical and so very mystic—I just couldn't stop thinking about it. This story channels Yoko Ono via Franny Glass; it’s a prayer: an occult and traditional meditation on loss that lives in the past and future at once."Kate Bernheimer

$11, 5.5 x 8.5", 16 pgs, photograph fixed

to cover, staple binding


A Parallel Life by Mary Byrne

A Kore Short Fiction Winner selected by Karen Brennan

“This remarkable story traces the life of a Serbian woman, Zorica, marooned for years in Paris, struggling with illiteracy, bureaucracy, aging and the forces of history that have shaped her life. Told by a nameless narrator with an effortless blend of humor and pathos, “A Parallel Life” is structured like a document—eschewing the traditional dramatic action of literary realism and straddling the borderland between fiction and nonfiction."—Karen Brennan

$11, 5.5 x 8.5", 32 pgs, color cover on kraft paper,

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April 2015

new poems by Laynie Browne

""The mysterious power of the scorpion, both animal and constellation, informs the complex emotions of wrenchingly ongoing departure in this beautiful collection of odes to distance, absence, connection, and memory. The scorpion is the "miniature vessel of time" that both poisons and heals: the gorgeous poetry around it is the "house of hope/constructed solely of words." In this world of departures, Browne allows us to "Say possibly nothing is forgotten."—Marcella Durand

$16.95, 7x7," 56 pgs, perfect bound

ISBN 978-1-888553-70-3


A poetic-visual hybrid by Monica Ong

2014 First Book Winner selected by Joy Harjo

" In her sardonic, thus melancholic, Silent Anatomies, Monica Ong brilliantly skews the marking of surfaces. Writing—yes—but also defacement/effacement, surgical incision, racism. With text, photography, collage, and illustration, she maps the twisting way of familial shame; dissects metaphor; and hawks (and hocks) “Ancient Chinese Secrets” as medicinal cakewalks (who’s selling what to whom?). Slippery."Douglas Kearney

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ISBN 978-1-888553-69-7