Congrats to Pushcart Prize Nominees: Monica Ong, Matthew Olzmann, Ocean Vuong, and Tarfia Faizullah

Congrats to Monica Ong for her nomination in Tidal Basin Review for her poem "Bo Suerte."

Monica Ong, artist and poet in new media, creates narrative installations that investigate social hierarchies and cultural silences in the context of public health. Monica completed her MFA in Digital Media at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2006. Her research has included fellowships at the Oral History Summer Institute at Columbia University, and the Writing the Medical Experience Workshop at Sarah Lawrence College. She is also a Kundiman Fellow in poetry whose work has been published most recently in the Lantern Review, as well as forthcoming issues of Drunken Boat, and The New Sound: A Journal Interdisciplinary Art & Literature.

Congrats to Matthew Olzmann for his nomination from B O D Y for his poem "A RIVER, BRIEFLY PARALLEL TO AN EIGHT-LANE SUPER HIGHWAY" and for his nomination from the New England Review for his poem "The Tiny Men in the Horse's Mouth."

Matthew Olzmann's first book of poems, Mezzanines, was selected for the Kundiman Poetry Prize and is forthcoming from Alice James Books.

Congrats to Ocean Vuong for his Pushcart nomination from the South Dakota Review for his poem "Time Maker."

Born in 1988 in Saigon, Vietnam, Ocean Vuong was raised by women (a single mother, aunts, and a grandmother) in housing projects throughout Hartford, Connecticut. He received his B.A. in English Literature at Brooklyn College, CUNY. His first chapbook Burnings was released by Sibling Rivalry Press, 2010. A Kundiman fellow, other honors include a 2012 Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize for Younger Poets, an Academy of American Poets prize, the Connecticut Poetry Society’s Al Savard Award, as well as four Pushcart Prize nominations. Poems appear in the American Poetry Review, Guernica, and Drunken Boat, amongst others.

Congrats to Tarfia Faizullah for her Pushcart nominations from Blackbird and from Passages North for her poem "Register of Eliminated Villages."

Tarfia Faizullah is the author of Seam (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014), winner of the 2012 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry's First Book Award. Her poems and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in The Missouri Review, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, Massachusetts Review, Ninth Letter, LA Review of Books, Mid-American Review, Blackbird, and elsewhere. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, an AWP Intro Journals Award, a Ploughshares Cohen Award, and other honors, as well as scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Sewanee Writers' Conference, and the Kenyon Review Writers' Workshop.