At the Border of Wilshire & Nobody winner of the 2015 Howling Bird Press Poetry Prize features California poet Marci Vogel's vivid explorations of memory family loss and life across intersections of contemporary landscapes and cultures at home and abroad. Divided into three sections her book considers moments small and large personal and universal through poems of myriad forms outlooks and styles. Reflecting the curiosity and restlessness of their itinerant author Vogel's poems observe quiet moments amid larger spaces domestic and foreign offering readers extraordinary insights into seemingly ordinary lives and times. With keen eye and playful ear Marci Vogel engages and embraces the world in spirited loving grace-filled fashion. An impressive debut collection At the Border of Wilshire & Nobody was selected as the inaugural book published by Howling Bird Press of Minneapolis.
Marci Vogel winner of the 2015 Howling Bird Press Poetry Prize was born and raised in Los Angeles California. Her poems essays and translations have appeared in FIELD Poet Lore Plume Jacket2 and Drunken Boat among others. A first-generation college student she is currently a doctoral candidate in the Creative Writing and Literature Program at the University of Southern California. A long-time writer of prose who began writing poetry in her forties Vogel has earned nominations for the Rona Jaffe Writers' Award the "Best New Poets" anthology the AWP Intro to Journals Project and the Pushcart Prize. Her translation from French into English of Andrée Chedid's 1956 poetry sequence "In the Noon of Contradictions " was selected for the 2014 Willis Barnstone Translation Prize.
"Marci Vogel's poetry is wildly generous in its vision yet also exquisitely elegant in its precise lyric grace. In her dazzling debut collection At the Border of Wilshire & Nobody the losses are profoundly intimate but the vivid orchestrations of Marci Vogel's poetry are capacious and inclusive of us all. The emotional power of these poems reverberates beyond the intricately latticed webs of her lines announcing the arrival of a truly original and breathtaking new poet." - David St. John
"Like the divergent architectures of Southern California the poems in Marci Vogel's At the Border of Wilshire & Nobody are thrillingly disparate in their construction while still rooted in a latter 20th-century optimism-and decorated with the kind of astonishing landscape-that could only occur so magically in Hollywood. It is however ultimately the human connection that brings this outstanding collection together a skillful poet who gives us a deeply affecting look into what it means to live as a human being for as long as we get to be here: &lsquoWhat is it this life / wants us to / hold? Each other.'" - Lynn Melnick