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Tuesday, 12 January 2016 09:46

Adjunct nominated for Pushcart Prize

MACHIAS- University of Maine at Machias adjunct faculty member Penny Guisinger has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her piece "The Sound of Galton's Whistle," which appeared in The Rumpus in June 2015. Considered "the most honorary literary project in America," Pushcart Prizes have been awarded to the best of the worldwide small presses every year since 1976. Guisinger was nominated by Maine writer, and former Pushcart winner, Jennifer Lunden.

"It's really an honor," says Guisinger. "That piece took years to write and revise, and I'm so pleased that it's being recognized like this. It's especially wonderful to have the nomination come from Jennifer Lunden, whose work I respect so much."

Guisinger's essay is her reflection of loss - deeply personal loss on multiple levels - that is told in a straightforward, don't-pity-me fashion, with a distinctive Downeast flavor and piercing honesty. An excerpt illustrates part of her search for her two missing dogs: 'My voice, my sharp whistling, didn't seem to penetrate the forest at all. It seemed to hang up on thick barricade of Maine pine, all branches and needles. The trees were scraggly. White moss hung like untrimmed facial hair from dead branches. Those acres of wild were not about to cough up what I was missing no matter how much I clapped and whistled. It was as if I was using a silent dog whistle a Galton's whistle and nobody was there who could hear it.'

Guisinger lives and writes on the easternmost tip of Maine, and teaches Public Speaking at UMM. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Fourth Genre, River Teeth, Guernica, the Brevity blog, Solstice, Under the Gum Tree and others. Her first book, Postcards from Here, will be released by Vine Leaves Press in 2016. Her second book, "Shift," is in progress. Penny is the founding director of Iota: Short Prose Conference, and a graduate of the Stonecoast MFA Program.

Winners of the prize will be announced in 2016 and included in the annual Pushcart Prize Anthology.

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