Hillary Gravendyk Prize – 2015 Winners

Map of an Onion
2015 National Winner Kenji C. Liu

Birth certificates, passports, citizenship papers: these are the documents that define our official identities, that make us legible to the apparatus of the state. For Asian Americans, such documents are often central to our family narratives, marking a history of migration, departure and arrival, rejection or belonging. Yet we are also well aware of what such official documents erase, enforce, or repress. Kenji Liu’s Map of an Onion begins with a reflection on the role of such documents in shaping identity but the mapping Liu offers us in this collection rejects the sharp boundaries of the official cartographer. Instead, Map of an Onion is a border-crossing, coalitional text that finds its political voice in interruption….

Timothy Yu

Kenji C. Liu (劉謙司) is author of Monsters I Have Been (Alice James Books 2019), finalist for the 2020 California and Maine Book Awards for poetry, and Map of an Onion, national winner of the 2015 Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prize. His poetry can be found, among other places, in American Poetry ReviewAnomalyThe Feminist Wire, Gulf Coast, Split This Rock’s poem of the week series, several anthologies, and two chapbooks, Craters: A Field Guide (2017) and You Left Without Your Shoes (2009). An alumnus of Kundiman, the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, and the Community of Writers, he lives in occupied Tongva land, Los Ángeles.

Kenji is represented by the Miresa Collective.

2015 Regional Winner Angela Peñaredondo
All Things Lose Thousands of Times

Angela Penaredondo’s debut collection of body/migratory/incantatory poems, explores the alchemy and ritual of poetics that stem from the space of in-between or realm of intersections. These are grey zones where energies that lie opposite on the same spectrum finally collide and intermingle:  the intellect and the sensual, the profane and the holy, love and violence, memory and erasure. Here, there are no geographical or cultural boundaries marked, no sides chosen, only a maneuvering through, a queering of, and a resisting to. All Things Lose Thousands of Times are feminist-oriented poems investigating where fragments of the body’s memory, culture, gender and desire gather, then piece themselves together to form into new shapes: a hybrid woman, a female assemblage, a history palimpsest, a transnational body

Born in Iloilo City, Philippines, ANGELA PEÑAREDONDO is a queer Filipinx writer and interdisciplinary educator-artist-scholar. Peñaredondo is the author All Things Lose Thousands of Times (Inlandia Institute, Winner of Hilary Gravendyk Regional Prize) and Maroon (Jamii Publications).

Peñaredondo’s work has appeared in The Academy of American Poets, Black Warrior Review, Southern Humanities Review and elsewhere. Peñaredondo is a Kundiman, VONA/Voices of our Nations Art fellow, Macondista as well as an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Digital Humanities at California State University San Bernardino.

Currently, Peñaredondo lives in Los Angeles, Gabrielino-Tongva land. She/they are working on her/their third book that explores the curvilinear process of healing from histories of gender violence and intergenerational trauma thru a queer-diasporic-futurist lens and radical space of imagination.