Meet Our TQ11 Poetry Contest Judge: Darcie Dennigan

dennigan-author-photo-copyThe editors of Tupelo Quarterly are thrilled to announce the judge for TQ11’s “Call and Response” Poetry Contest, guidelines for which can be accessed on the “Submissions” page. The deadline for submissions is December 1st.

Darcie Dennigan is the author of three books, including the recent PALACE OF SUBATOMIC BLISS, as well as two chapbooks: Dept. of Ephebic Dreamery, a poem/play/joke, and Dandelion Farm, a poem-play in text and images made with artist Carl Dimitri. She is at work, with composer Jason Thorpe Buchanan, on the libretto for Hunger, an opera version of Knut Hamsun’s novel. She was the founding director of Frequency Writers and currently works as a poet in residence at UConn.


Acclaim for her work:

“Whether the narratives are real or imagined, whether the speaker is Dennigan herself, doesn’t matter. What matters is that each poem had a way of enveloping me slowly, the way vines might grow in the night. By the end of the collection, I was rapt and bound.” – Southeast Review

“Darcie Dennigan’s Madame X conjures a post-apocalyptic vision whose darkness is always imbued with play and benign strangeness.” – Bradley Harrison

“One of the great strengths of this fresh, inventive book is its ranging creativity, the philosophy, history, and geography across which Dennigan creates believable or convincingly unbelievable selves, and, the ways in which—as, with, and through those selves—she speaks.” – Third Coast


What Darcie Looks for in Poetry:

If you have something you’ve written that you think is too weird to submit, that’s what I hope you’ll submit. There are forms and categories that still desperately need to be created (and then destroyed!). Let’s throw literary convention out the window.