Jai-Alai Books is proud to announce that Rio Cortez has been selected by Ross Gay as the inaugural winner of the Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize for her manuscript, I Have Learned to Define a Field as a Space Between Mountains.
Rio will be in residence at The Writer's Room at the Betsy Hotel-South Beach in April and will be a featured reader at the O, Miami Poetry Festival on April 14, 2016. That night, we'll unveil the chapbook, the first in an annual series, produced in partnership with Cave Canem, to publish the best new work by African-American poets.
Rio Cortez is a Pushcart-nominated poet from Salt Lake City, who has received fellowships from Poets House, Cave Canem, and Canto Mundo. She was the recipient of the Sarah Lawrence College Lucy Grealy Prize and the 2012 Poets & Writers Amy Award. She is a graduate of the MFA program at NYU and co-founder of The Good Times Collective and BLKGRP.