2015 Calvino Prize Winners

2015 Calvino Prize Winners and Finalists

"On February 19, as part of the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, Calvino Prize winner Nick Greer read from his winning piece, _Glass City_, before a packed audience. Greer presented a physical copy of his book to Prof. Sarah Greer, Director of the Bridwell Art Library. _Glass City_ now joins more than 200 artist books available for research by faculty and students at the University of Louisville."

Calvino Prize winner Nick Greer read from his winning piece.

Transcript of the reading




Nick Greer, “Glass City”

Nick Greer is a writer from San Francisco. He holds an MFA Creative Writing from the University of Arizona and is a founding editor of Territory, a literary project about maps and other strange objects. Recent writing has appeared in Phantom, PLINTH, and the Tin House Open Bar.


“This work took up the major demanding Calvinian theme of the modern (fantasy) city, but it makes the reader think about the problems of the real cities we live in and does so with humour and an often poetic style and rhythm (just like Calvino's own "Invisible Cities"), echoing his fondness for poetic triads of nouns and verbs, but all done in a new way for the 21st century.”      --Martin McLaughlin

Jacob Appel, “The Vermin Episode”

Honorable Mentions:
Jacob Appel, "The Liars' Asylum,"
Sylvia Foley, "Available Testimonies"

Jacob Appel, "Carried Away," "Phoebe with Impending Frost," "Silent Theology," and "The Resurrection Bakeoff"
Ryan Call, co-author: Christy Call "A Brief Guide to Hurricanes"
Jeremy King, "Great Jenny, or The Earth Contains the Sea"
Carmen Machado, "Inventory" and "Observations About Eggs from the Man Sitting Next to Me on a Flight from Chicago, Illinois to Cedar Rapids, Iowa"
James Monaco, "Almanac"
Daniel Schwartz, "The Symphony of Sirens"
Marc Sheehan, "The Civil War War"