So I’m really excited about this one! My lyric essay “15 Rounds” won The Offbeat’s 2016 Creative Nonfiction Competition. The essay is structured as a round (inspired by Gwendolyn Brooks’s poem “We Real Cool”) and combines several threads (meditations on the number 15, memories of myself at 15, and the 15 minute rounds we do at work). It is one of my favorite pieces I’ve written, and I am so honored that The Offbeat selected me as their winner.
“15 Rounds” is in Volume 17, Fall 2016, and can be ordered here: http://offbeat.msu.edu/purchase/
And, even if you’re not interested in my essay, check out the magazine anyway. It’s a wonderfully quirky, brilliant collection of some phenomenal writing (mine doesn’t come close to some of the pieces there!)