Recent good news: my MS of three long narrative sonnet sequences, plus one sonnet-sequence elegy, was taken by Bear Star Press in California as the winner of the 2010 Dorothy Brunsman Prize. The working title is The Kilim Dreaming. Go to http://www.bearstarpress.com/ for more prize/publication/ordering details.

The three narratives explore the Eden conundrum–how do you create or sustain companionship after you’ve been kicked out of paradise?–with three pairs of people, none as conventionally paired as Adam & Eve. They’re contemporary stories set in San Francisco, North Carolina, and Antalya (Turkey), and each involves some sort of garden. The 19-sonnet elegy, “The Book of Joel,” is for the son of friends who died just shy of his 19th birthday.