Soundings East is the literary journal of Salem State University, published annually with support from the Center for Creative and Performing Arts. Founded in 1973, the journal is edited by upper-level creative students under the aegis of an advisory editor from the writing faculty. Soundings East is dedicated to publishing high-quality poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. The magazine is distributed nationally, with recent press runs of 750 copies. Submission guidelines for the 2017 issue will be posted later this summer.
2016 Claire Keyes Poetry Prize Winner announced
Mark Wagenaar has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Claire Keyes Poetry Prize. He is the 2015 winner of the Juniper Prize, from UMass Press, for his second book The Body Distances. His first, Voodoo Inverso, was the 2012 winner of the University of Wisconsin Press' Felix Pollak Prize. He was the 2014 winner of the New Letters Poetry Prize, the Southern Indiana Review's Mary C. Mohr Prize and The Pinch Poetry Award. Wagenaar is a doctoral fellow at the University of North Texas in Denton.
Final judge Ross Gay shared this about Wagenaar's poems: "These poems are weird and exciting and full of wonderful language and music, and they are always going for something just beyond reach."