Lightscatter Press is pleased to announce Anna Scotti of Burbank, Calif. as the winner of the inaugural prize for her poetry collection Bewildered by All This Broken Sky. Scotti’s manuscript is Lightscatter Press’ first publication and was selected from a longlist by judge Katharine Coles. Scotti has been the recipient of the Pocataligo Prize for Poetry, the Mark Fischer Prize for Poetry, and other honors and awards.
Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker since 2016, and can be found in recent issues of Nimrod, Sequestrum, New Guard, and other journals. Anna also writes fiction, with short stories featured regularly in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, and she is the author of the young adult novel Big and Bad (Texas Review Press, 2020).
In real life, Anna teaches at a French international school in Southern California. Coles, author most recently of Wayward, Flight, and Look Both Ways, said this about Bewildered by All This Broken Sky: “I grinned all the way through Bewildered by All This Broken Sky, except when I was weeping, or while I wept. Suffused with doubt and faith, with memory and its mysteries, these poems are wry and snappy, equal parts sorrow and bliss, deeply self aware, ‘full of all the secrets’ like a father’s papers read through after his death; they are amused with themselves and their linguistic inventions even in their grief. They will overtake you with their momentum and most of all with their own surprise at being alive. If poems can be surprised, or alive–as these poems show again and again they can.”
Bewildered by All This Broken Sky is set for release in early 2021, with advanced reader copies expected to be available in November 2020. Founded in 2019, Lightscatter Press is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit literary press. The press seeks to preserve and extend the material, tactile experience of the printed, bound text through beautiful, innovative design that integrates digital artifacts and experiences created for and with the printed text. More information at lightscatterpress.org.