And the 2018 Louise Meriwether First Book Prize Winner is...


Congratulations to Claudia D. Hernández!

The Feminist Press, TAYO Literary Magazine, and distinguished judges Bridgett M. Davis, Melissa R. Sipin, and Jamia Wilson are honored to award the 2018 Louise Meriwether First Book Prize to Claudia D. Hernández. In Knitting the Fog, Hernández shares the story of her family’s migration from Guatemala to the United States, fusing poetry and narrative essay. The book will be published by the Feminist Press in 2019.

“This is a book of our times, a story of struggle and resilience, a warrior song that refuses to look or run away,” says Melissa R. Sipin, TAYO editor in chief. “Knitting the Fog brings us the immigrant experience in a refreshingly new light,” explains judge and author Bridgett M. Davis. “How exciting that Hernández’s voice joins the canon of contemporary Latina stories.”

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About the winner:

Claudia D. Hernández was born and raised in Guatemala. She is a mother, photographer, poet, translator, and bilingual educator residing in Los Angeles. Hernández holds an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. She is the founder of the ongoing project Today’s Revolutionary Women of Color.


Congratulations to our finalists: 

The Music Lesson, by Karen Ahn
Ladies Special, Homebound, by Namrata Poddar
And in its place— An Ode to Frankenstein, by Addie Tsai
Between Us, by Lena Zaghmouri


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