2018 Emergence Chapbook Series Prize

Congratulations to Amie Sharp, whose manuscript The Sabine Women has been chosen for the 2018 Emergence Chapbook Series Prize.

A member of the Colorado Poets Center, Amie Sharp has been a featured poet in Atticus Review, and her writing has appeared in numerous literary journals including Badlands, the Bellevue Literary Review, BlazeVOX, Burningword Literary Journal, the Lascaux Review, New Plains Review, and Tar River Poetry, among others. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and twice for Best of the Net. She has performed at Bridgewater International Poetry Festival and Houston Poetry Fest, and she spent the summer of 2018 as artist-in-residence at the Sabina Cultural Association in Casaprota, Italy.

Honey spices the tongue. Sweat darkens dirt.
Slaves pile stone upon groaning stone.

Cloth soaks up purple dye. Molten light
shines on the Capitoline Hill—thirty years on,

this is our city now. We oversee the planting
of mulberries. Stone pines spread their green

umbrella tops. The fresco artists paint us:
our strong dark eyes, the limpid curls around

our faces. Water slices the light. Marigolds
bright as crowns scent the air...
— Amie Sharp, from 'The Sabine Women Wake and Dream in Rome
Scott King