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We are thrilled to announce that the winner of the 2015 Fence Modern Poets Series Prize is SOLAR, by KEVIN HOLDEN. Solar was selected by Katy Lederer, Fence editor emeritus. We look forward to publishing it in 2015.

KEVIN HOLDEN is mostly from Rhode Island and at present lives mostly in Connecticut. He is the author of two chapbooks, Identity (Cannibal Books) and Alpine (White Queen Press). His poetry has appeared in such places as Conjunctions, 1913, jubilat, Harp & Altar, Colorado Review, Typo, Forklift OH, and Little Red Leaves, and was included in the recent anthology The Arcadia Project (Ahsahta Press). He translates poetry from Russian and French, and that work has been published in Aufgabe, Double Change, and other journals. He is an activist, an amateur geometer, and cares a great deal about trees. He received an MFA from Iowa in 2008 and is currently working on a PhD in comparative literature at Yale.

READ KEVIN’S POEMS in TYPO 17, TYPO 12, Harp & Altar, Little Red Leaves, and notnostrums.


PAST WINNERS & JUDGES (where applicable)

Jennifer Mackenzie, My Not-My Soldier (2013) (forthcoming Fall 2014)
Lee Ann Brown, In the Laurels, Caught (2012)
Donald Dunbar, Eyelid Lick (2012)
Paul Legault, The Other Poems (2011)
Nick Demske, Nick Demske (2010, Joyelle McSweeney)
MacGregor Card, Duties of an English Foreign Secretary (2009, Martin Corless-Smith)
James Shea, Star in the Eye (2008, Nick Flynn)
Christopher Janke, Structure of the Embryonic Rat Brain (2007)
Daniel Brenner, The Stupefying Flashbulbs (2006)
Geraldine Kim, Povel (2005, Forrest Gander)
Prageeta Sharma, The Opening Question (2004)
Elizabeth Robinson, Apprehend (2003, Ann Lauterbach) 
Joyelle McSweeney, The Red Bird (2002, Allen Grossman)