2011 Indie Lit Awards Revealed

2011 Indie Lit Awards Plain PoetryAs many of you already know, I’ve been working with the Indie Lit Awards for 2011 on as director of the Poetry panel.  This was the first year for an award in the poetry category, and I think the team picked the right two collections for the winner and runner-up slots.

This year’s winner is:

Laurie Soriano for Catalina (also available for Kindle), which was published by Lummox Press.  Please check out these videos of her reading from the collection.  Stay tuned to the Indie Lit Awards for our interview with Laurie.

The runner up in the poetry category was Edward Nudelman‘s collection, What Looks Like an Elephant, also from Lummox Press.

For the list of Fiction, Bio/Memoir, GLBTQ, Mystery, Nonfiction, and Speculative Fiction, please click on the Indie Lit Awards button in this post.

Congrats to all the winners, including Aine Greaney for Dance Lessons, which I reviewed here and who offered a look at her writing process after the novel is published, in the fiction category.


  1. I was so proud to have had Dance Lessons be a runner up. I also feel grateful for the reviewers and how hard they worked. Democracy in reading rocks!

  2. Poet Marie says

    I just commented over at Diary of an Eccentric. So the winners have been announced! I’ve been following since January and have read all of the nominations. I do this every year with Pushcart, Griffin, etc. Now that we’ve heard the winners, will there be reviews of each of the nominees, including the winner (which I loved) and runner-up?

    • Several of us will either be reviewing the nominees or highlighting poems from their collections…Some of us are all trying to post next month in April for National Poetry Month.

  3. I enjoyed being part of the team and reading the nominees’ work. I was excited to see Dance Lessons as a runner up!

  4. James Eisenstein says

    I’ve only read two from the original list (Three Women and Beyond the Scent of Sorrow). I thought both were excellent. Very different. These all seemed very different. Quite an eclectic mix.

  5. James Eisenstein says

    I must check these two out. How do you decide something like this? Must be tough to get everyone to agree. And poetry is so subjective.

    • We all agreed on criteria beforehand, and based our decision on how well each book met those criteria. It went surprisingly well. We all agreed on the winner.