SPD would like to wish a huge congratulations to Aja Couchois Duncan and Douglas Kearney for winning the Gold and Silver medals respectively at the California Book Awards!
Restless Continent
(Litmus Press, 2016)
By Aja Couchois Duncan 
Winner of the Gold Medal for the California Book Award in Poetry, Aja Couchois Duncan is a Bay Area educator, writer and coach of Ojibwe, French and Scottish descent.
Lush with elemental imagery, Aja Couchois Duncan's RESTLESS CONTINENT communes with a North America that speaks elegiac, celebratory, and melancholic histories human and geological.
Buck Studies
(Fence Books, 2016)
By Douglas Kearney 
Winner of the Silver Medal for the California Book Award in Poetry, Douglas Kearney was raised in Altadena, CA, and lives with his family in Santa Clarita. He teaches at CalArts, where he received his MFA in Writing (04).
BUCK STUDIES is a massive informational architecture of masteries and murders: tellings and re-tellings; legends, myths, sacred and profane narratives of race and Christs and media; pornos and pastorals of who- owns-who on what island and who gets to live in these paradises and who gets to die for them.  
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