8/13/2019 Debra Faust Saporetti '91

Nationally acclaimed poet Patricia Smith selects Jessica Guzman as the winner of the 2019 Gatewood Prize.

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of English

The Department of English congratulates Visiting Assistant Professor Jessica Guzman on her selection as the winner of the 2019 Gatewood Prize. Her winning submittion, Adelante , was selected by nationally acclaimed poet Patricia Smith.  Adelante will be published by Switchback Books in 2020.

Judge Patricia Smith's remarks on Adelante:

Adelante is unerringly fresh and restless, a treasure of deftly-honed narratives that manage to be both unleashed and enviably controlled. The poet galvanizes the often staid stories that surround and numb us--in these pages, an alternately tender and ferocious lyricism is just barely contained. That lyricism bolsters the meticulous crafting that can't help but culminate in a sparkling and utterly original collection.

About the Gatewood Prize

The Gatewood Prize is Switchback Books' annual competition for a first or second full-length (48-80 pp.) collection of poems by a woman writing in the English language. It is named after Emma Gatewood, the first woman to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. 

About Jessica Guzman

Jessica was born in southwest Florida to Cuban exiles. In addition to Adelante (Switchback Books, forthcoming), her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming inShenandoah, jubilat, The Greensboro Review, Tin House's Broadside Thirty Series, Pleiades, Ecotone, Copper Nickel, and elsewhere.

Her honors include American Literary Review’s 2017 Poetry Award, Harpur Palate's 2017 Milton Kessler Memorial Prize for Poetry, and the 2016 Product Poetry Prize. She is also the recipient of scholarships from the Tin House Winter Workshop, the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley Poetry Workshop, and the Kentucky Women Writers Conference.

Jessica received her B.A. from the University of South Florida, her M.F.A. from West Virginia University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi's Center for Writers. She reads poetry submissions for Memorious and Split Lip Magazine

Publications by Jessica Guzman

 "Florida Orange" in Shenandoah

"Mother Chops Tomatoes" in Tin House, Broadside Thirty Series

"Portacath" & "Caretaker" in Quiddity International Literary Journal

"The Visible World" in American Literary Review
  • Poetry Contest winner, judged by Pimone Triplett.

"Nighttime Spectacular" in Pleiades

"The Marabu Makes It to America After All" in Ecotone

"Disney Ghazal" & "Jaywalking" in The Normal School Online

"Return to the Tomato Dirt" & "Return to the Queue" in Jet Fuel Review

"Woman Unwittingly Joins Search Party Looking for Her" in Copper Nickel

"Hurricanes over Sierra Maestra" in Sycamore Review

"Hurricane Party" in Passages North

"Register of Futures: Florida" in Phoebe

"A Body Must Be More Than Bones so Why Keep the Urn" in BOAAT Journal

"Spring Tetraptych" & "Obligatory Nightingale Poem" in Zone 3

"By Saying One Thing We Exclude Another" in RHINO

"Conservation Status" in New Delta Review

"Wedding Inverse" in Meridian

"La Limpieza, or Washing the Tub at 2:00 AM" in Stirring: A Literary Collection

"Florida History" & "Wedding on the Hillsborough River" in Tinderbox Poetry Journal

"Ode, at the Hospital" in Product

  • Poetry Prize winner, judged by Dorothea Lasky.
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