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Kayleb Rae Candrilli wins a Whiting Award in Poetry!
Huge congratulations to Kayleb Rae Candrilli, who won a 2019 Whiting Award in Poetry! Here's what the selection committee had to say about What Runs Over (YesYes Books, 2017):
The most unsettling of lullabies, Kayleb Rae Candrilli’s verse memoir unfolds with savage grace as it lays bare the violence and isolation of a trans person’s coming of age. It is a dazzling addition to literature about rural childhoods. In looping imagery of animals and decay, Candrilli gives their uncompromising vision of the wages of familial love and the various ways a young person can devise their own escape. They show how language has the power to shape and to misshape the self, and their work feels as urgent and electric as a living thing.
We were stunned when we first read Candrilli's memoir in verse and we're so thrilled to see them win this honor. Thank god for Candrilli's brilliance in this world!