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Sarah Gerkensmeyer and Lauren Shapiro – Debut-litzer Winners

2014-10-28-LNC-Gerkensmeyer 2014-10-28-LNC-ShapiroLate Night Conversation, hosted by Paul Martone

Welcome to the annual episode featuring the winning authors of the Debut-litzer Prizes. The 2014 competition garnered more entries than any previous year. $1,000 prizes were awarded in the categories of fiction and poetry. Visit the Debut-litzer Prizes for information about the 2015 competition. We’re currently accepting submissions in fiction, poetry, and young adult fiction (rotating category).

Tune in to Late Night Debut on Thursday to hear our 2014 literary judges Marcus Jackson (poetry) and Leni Zumas (fiction) discuss the winning books.

And now on to the show . . .

Act 1: Jay Nebel speaks with Lauren Shapiro, winner of the 2014 Debut-litzer Prize in the category of poetry.

Act 2: Sarah Marshall speaks with Sarah Gerkensmeyer, winner of the 2014 Debut-litzer Prize in the category of fiction.

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About our guests

SARAH GERKENSMEYER is the author of the story collection, What You Are Now Enjoying (Autumn House Press), winner of the 2014 Debut-litzer Prize in Fiction. Sarah’s stories and poetry have appeared in American Short Fiction, PANK, Guernica, Tweed’s, The Massachusetts Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, B O D Y, Hobart, and Cream City Review, among others.

LAUREN SHAPIRO is the author of Easy Math, the winner of 2014 Debut-litzer Prize in Poetry. She is also the author of a chapbook of poems, Yo-Yo Logic, and is the co-editor of The New Census: An Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry (Rescue Press, 2013). Lauren has translated poetry and short fiction from Spanish, Italian, Vietnamese, and Arabic into English.

About our hosts

Sarah Marshall

SARAH MARSHALL grew up in Oregon and recently completed an MFA in writing from Portland State University, where she now teaches. She is at work on a book about women’s roles in media spectacle.



Nebel, Jay 12-11-11JAY NEBEL is a contributor to Best New Poets 2006. His poetry has appeared in Narrative, Tin House, and Zyzyvva, among other other publication. Jay is the winner of 2014 Saturnalia Book Prize. His debut book of poetry Neighbors will be published in 2015.




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