20015 Pushcart Prize Nominations

The editors of Raven Chronicles nominate the following writers for their work which were published in Raven Chronicles, A Journal of Art, Literature &  The Spoken Word,  Vol. 21, Laugh. Laugh? Laugh! issue:

  1. Susan J. Erickson, “Elizabeth Barrett Takes Up Tweeting”— poem, pg. 34.
  1. Vince Gotera, “How to Write a Sestina”— poem, pg. 42.
  1. Paul Hunter,“Clownery”— poem, pgs. 72-73
  1. Tiffany Midge,“Sex, Love, and Frybread”— fiction, pgs. 36-41.
  1. Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr., “Bumblebee and The Cherokee Harelip”— fiction,  pgs. 54-59.
  1. Vladimir Vulović, “Borka”—essay, pgs. 12-15.


Susan J. Erickson lives in Bellingham, Washington where she helped to establish the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Walk and Contest. Her poems appear in 2River ViewCrab Creek Review, Museum of Americana, The Fourth RiverNaugatuck River Review, Literal Latte and The Raven Chronicles. Egress Studio Press published her chapbook, The Art of Departure.

Vince Gotera is the editor of the North American Review and a Professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa. His poetry books include Fighting Kite, Ghost Wars, Dragonfly, and the forthcoming Pacific Crossing. Nick Carbó called him a “leading Filipino-American poet of this generation”; later, in 2004, Carbó described him as “one of the leading Asian American poets … willing to take a stance against American imperialism.”

Paul Hunter: For the past 20 years Paul Hunter has published fine letterpress poetry under the imprint of Wood Works, currently including 26 books and over 60 broadsides.  His poems have appeared in Alaska Fisherman’s Journal, Beloit Poetry Journal, Bloomsbury ReviewIowa Review, North American Review, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, Raven Chronicles, The Small Farmer’s Journal, The Southern Review, Spoon River Poetry Review and Windfall, as well as in seven full-length books and three chapbooks. His first collection of farming poems, Breaking Ground, 2004, from Silverfish Review Press, was reviewed in the New York Times, and received the 2004 Washington State Book Award. A second volume of farming poems, Ripening, was published in 2007, a third companion volume, Come the Harvest, appeared in 2008, and the fourth from the same publisher, Stubble Field, appeared in 2012. He has been a featured poet on The News Hour, and has a prose book on small-scale, sustainable farming, One Seed to Another: The New Small Farming, published by the Small Farmer’s Journal.

Tiffany Midge is the recipient of the Kenyon Review Earthworks Prize for Indigenous Poetry for The Woman Who Married a Bear (University of New Mexico Press, forthcoming) and the Diane Decorah Memorial Poetry Award for Outlaws, Renegades and Saints; Diary of a Mixed-up Halfbreed (Greenfield Review Press). She has recent nonfiction featured online in The Butter; recent fiction online at Hinchas de Poesia; and recent poems featured online at Okey-Panky. An enrolled Standing Rock Sioux, she holds an MFA from the University of Idaho, and is Moscow, Idaho’s Poet Laureate.

Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr. is Assistant Professor and Co-Chair of Native American Studies at the University of Montana. His edited volume, The Faster Redder Road: The Best UnAmerican Stories of Stephen Graham Jones, was published by the University of New Mexico Press (April, 2015). He has been interviewed by The Washington Post, Canadian Broadcast Corporation, Native America CallingSmithsonian Magazine, and Al-Jazeera America Television, and has recently appeared in multiple segments of Mankind: The Story of All of Us (now playing on Netflix).

Raised in socialist Yugoslavia, Vladimir Vulović excelled in math and physics. To earn his physics PhD, he moved to the U.S., but after two postdocs switched to software programming. Years passed. Yearning for satisfaction and meaning, he started writing about the beloved people and country of his youth, some present-day experiences, even fictionalized worlds. His work has appeared in Signs of LifeThe Cincinnati Review, and The Gettysburg Review.