Lytton Smith Wins Foundlings Chapbook and Artist Residency Competition
Congratulations to the first Foundlings Chapbook and Artist Residency Competition winner Lytton Smith. Lytton Smith is the author of two books of poetry from Nightboat Books and the translator of several books from the Icelandic. The novel Öræfi—the Wastelands, from the Icelandic of Ófeigur Sigurðsson, will be published by Deep Vellum in Spring 2018. He is Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at SUNY Geneseo.
Lytton enjoyed a weekend residency at the Hotel henry in Buffalo, NY. Foundlings Press will release Lytton’s winning chapbook,My Radar Data Knows Its Thing, designed by guest artist Stephen Fitzmaurice, in January 2018.
We would also like to congratulate four runners-up: Terez Peipins, Tige DeCoster, Benjamin Brindise, and George Guida. These four poets submitted chapbooks that stood out among a very large crop of fine submissions -- and we're proud to announce that all four, along with our winner Lytton Smith, will have poems at the core of FOUNDLINGS IV, the next installment of "the zine that started it all," to be released in spring 2018.
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