Winner of the 2020 Cider Press Review Book Award for Poetry
SCALE MODEL OF A COUNTRY AT DAWN by John Sibley Williams won the 2020 Cider Press Review Book Award for Poetry. Author Esteban Rodriguez writes, “In SCALE MODEL OF A COUNTRY AT DAWN, John Sibley Williams illuminates a world that while filled with tragedy and ruin is likewise blooming with life and celebration.... Although in the course of this collection we may come to realize that there are ‘far fewer gods’ than we thought before, Williams’s poems are a gift that offer us something to believe in again and again.” Susan Rich assures us: “To conjure is a recurring theme in this impressive collection—as if language holds the power to reconfigure a past, a mother, a child. And perhaps it can. Williams’s words are that convincing.”
John Sibley Williams is the author of six collections, including The Drowning House (Elixir Press Poetry Award, 2022), As One Fire Consumes Another (Orison Poetry Prize, 2019), Skin Memory (Backwaters Prize, University of Nebraska Press, 2019), and Summon (JuxtaProse Chapbook Prize, 2019). A twenty-six-time Pushcart nominee, John is the winner of numerous awards, including the Wabash Prize for Poetry, Philip Booth Award, Phyllis Smart-Young Prize, and Laux/Millar Prize. He serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and founder of the Caesura Poetry Workshop series. Previous publishing credits include Best American Poetry, Yale Review, Verse Daily, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, and TriQuarterly.