Monday, November 24, 2014


Kindergarde Wins Johns Hopkins University Press Prize

Kindergarde: Avant-garde Poems, Plays, Stories, and Songs for Children has been selected as co-winner of the 2014 Lion & Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry

San Francisco, California, November 24, 2014—Sponsored by Johns Hopkins University Press, The Lion and the Unicorn Award will be announced via the publication of an essay discussing the year in children's literature. Judges for this years’ competition were Lissa Paul, Donelle Ruwe, and Craig Svonkin; the journal is edited by Joseph Thomas, PhD.

Published by Black Radish Books and edited by poet, Dana Teen Lomax, Kindergarde includes the work of internationally known innovative writers including Lyn Hejinian, Robin Blaser, Wanda Coleman, Kenneth Goldsmith, Cathy Park Hong, Harryette Mullen, Charles Bernstein, Eileen Myles, Christian Bök, Leslie Scalapino, Kevin Killian, Evie Shockley, Juliana Spahr, Anne Waldman, Juan Felipe Herrera, Rosmarie Waldrop, and many others. Kindergarde is without a doubt the hippest Holiday gift around!

Kindergarde is the first anthology to ever be recognized by the award.


Adventurous writings for literary risk-takers and thrill-seekers.  Kirkus Reviews

...the array of poets stepping up to present avant-garde approaches to writing for young writers is unprecedented; the anthology is a gift to writers of any ageRain Taxi

Kindergarde operates as a kind of guide for children, a blueprint of creativity written in the chalk of         
the avant-garde, where the inhibiting constraint of technique is second to innovation and experiment.
– Ella Longpre, Naropa University

Personally, I love this project a lot because kids are smarter and weirder than many books give them
credit for. –Kickstarter

Kindergarde successfully reaches the anthology’s intended audience of children as well as a wider     
audience: readers of avant-garde literature.  –Carolyn Hembree, Jacket2

A highly celebrated and joyful collection for children from ages 3-15, Kindergarde: Avant-garde Poems, Plays, Stories, and Songs for Children is available through Small Press Distribution and Amazon Books.