We are thrilled to announce Roger Reeves as the winner of the twenty-fourth annual John C. Zacharis First Book Award for his poetry collection, King Me (Copper Canyon, 2013). The $1,500 award, named after Emerson College’s former president, honors the best debut book by a Ploughshares writer, alternating annually between poetry and fiction.
This year’s judge was Ploughshares poetry editor, John Skoyles, who wrote of the collection: “The poems in Roger Reeves’ King Me are lively, intelligent, and dramatic. They possess an astonishing range, richly populated by the things of this world. Open the book anywhere, and you will touch and be touched by a startling image, statement, or object. These poems would overflow their forms if not for Reeves’ ability to harness their power into tight and explosive lines. King Me is down to earth, tough, tuneful and wise.” Continue reading