Sean Bernard and David Kutz-Marks are the winners of the 2014 Juniper Prizes for fiction and poetry awarded by the University of Massachusetts Press.
The winning authors were chosen by faculty from the MFA Program for Poets and Writers.
Kutz-Marks’ collection of poems, “Violin Playing Herself in a Mirror,” will be published next year by the UMass Press. He earned an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University in 2009 and a B.A. in English language and literature from the University of Chicago in 2006. He was recently the featured poet for Verse Daily and The Paris-American, and his poems appear or are forthcoming in Boston Review, Kenyon Review Online, Western Humanities Review, Rattle, The Carolina Quarterly, Devil's Lake, Meridian and other venues. Kutz-Marks lives in Dunmore, Pa.
Bernard’s collection of short stories, “Desert, Sonorous,” will be also be published by UMass Press in 2015. His debut novel, “Studies in the Hereafter,” is forthcoming from Red Hen Press. His chapbook novella, “Nuclear,” was published last year by CutBank Books. Bernard’s stories have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous literary magazines, including Santa Monica Review, Glimmer Train, Gigantic, and LIT, and he has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment of the Arts, Poets & Writers, and the University of Arizona Poetry Center. As a faculty member at the University of La Verne in southern California, he directs the undergraduate creative writing program and edits the literary journal Prism Review.