“H & G,” a fantastical and fantastic re-imagining of the story of Hansel and Gretel by Anna Maria Hong, is the winner of AROHO’s inaugural Clarissa Dalloway “everything but poetry” Book Prize.
Finalist Judge Kate Gale wrote: “H & G represents the AROHO story. Big myth collides with all of our personal narratives: the witch, the oven, the fire. As women, we write our way out of that story and then back in.”
Anna Maria Hong is the Visiting Creative Writer at Ursinus College and was the 2010-11 Bunting Fellow in Poetry at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The recipient of Poetry magazine’s 2013 Frederick Bock Prize, she has poems recently published and forthcoming in publications including Boston Review, Green Mountains Review, The Nation, Verse Daily, Mandorla, jubilat, The Volta, Drunken Boat, Fence, Fairy Tale Review, Bone Bouquet, Unsplendid, POOL, Beloit Poetry Journal, Southwest Review, Best New Poets, 250 Poems: A Portable Anthology, and The Best American Poetry. Her chapbook Hello, virtuoso! was recently published by Belladonna* Collaborative. Hong earned a B.A. in philosophy at Yale University and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Texas’ Michener Center for Writers. She is the editor of Growing Up Asian American, an anthology of fiction and memoir. A five-time Pushcart Fellowship nominee, she has received residencies from Yaddo, Djerassi, Valparaiso, and Kunstnarhuset Messen and teaches creative writing at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. She recently completed a collection titled The Glass Age: Sonnets.
Special congratulations also to Finalist Christina Milletti for her manuscript, “Choke Box,” Finalist Andrea Witzke Slot for her manuscript, “The Cartography of Flesh: in the silence of Ella Mendelssohn,” and to the two-hundred and seventy-five authors whose top-notch manuscripts we had the pleasure of reviewing.