The editors of Meridian are thrilled to announce the winners of our 2014 Editors’ Prize!
Javier Zamora has won the Poetry Prize for his poem “Only the Streets Know,” a moving depiction of the Salvodoran Civil War and the fracturing of a family by time, space, and violence.
Javier Zamora was born in San Luis La Herradura, La Paz, El Salvador. At the age of nine he immigrated to the “Yunaited Estais.” His chapbook, Nueve Años Inmigrantes, is the winner of the 2011 Organic Weapon Arts Contest. Zamora is a CantoMundo fellow and a Breadloaf work-study scholarship recipient. He has received scholarships from Frost Place, Napa Valley, Squaw Valley, and VONA. His poems appear or are forthcoming in Interrupture, NewBorder, Ploughshares, Poet Lore, and Spillway, among other publications. His poem “This Was the Field” was selected by Guest Editor Brenda Shaughnessy and Series Editor Jazzy Danzinger for Best New Poets 2013, which was released in November. Best New Poets, Meridian‘s sister publication, featured a short interview with Javier on their blog. He received his BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and is currently completing an MFA at NYU.
Anya Groner has won the Fiction Prize for her story “Buster,” a tale of childhood, fraying familial ties, and bird funerals.
Anya Groner teaches writing at Loyola University in New Orleans. She received her MFA in fiction from the University of Mississippi where she was a John and Renee Grisham Fellow. Anya has also worked as a health educator for Planned Parenthood and as an advocate for homeless and low-income residents of Poughkeepsie, New York. Her essays have appeared in The Oxford American and The Rumpus, and her fiction has been featured in Yemasee Journal, Carolina Quarterly, Xavier Review, and Gigantic, among other publications. You can find her poetry in PANK, Word Riot, Story South, and Women’s Studies Quarterly, among other publications. In addition to writing short stories, essays, and poetry, Anya is working on a novel about twin sisters and eco-terrorists set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The first chapter appeared in the Fall/Winter edition of the journal Ninth Letter and a later chapter is available at Terrain.org.
The winners will each receive a $1000 prize, and both winning pieces will appear in the May 2014 issue of Meridian, along with the work of several other contest entrants whose submissions also impressed us. We are ecstatic to be publishing such wonderful work.
Thank you to everyone who entered the contest. We encountered many wonderful entries this year.
Note: The bios above have been compiled from those the winners submitted to us, along with information from various internet sources, in hopes of adeqeuately representing how deeply impressive these two writers are. Click on the external hyperlinks for more information!