Professor of Composition and ESOL Annie Christain has released her latest poetry collection, “The Vanguards of Holography,” through Headmistress Press. This is the second full-length collection by Christain, who has been hailed as a “strange and powerful new queer voice in American poetry.”
“The Vanguards of Holography” was awarded the 2020 Sappho’s Prize in Poetry, an annual award given to one full-length collection by a lesbian-identified poet. Headmistress specializes in poetry and art by lesbians, with a mission to increase lesbian visibility in the arts.
Christain’s poems have appeared in the Seneca Review, Oxford Poetry, Prelude, and The Lifted Brow, among others. She was a first-place winner of the Driftwood Press In-House Poem Contest and received the grand prize of the Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Contest, the Greg Grummer Poetry Award, the Oakland School of the Arts Enizagam Poetry Award, and the Neil Shepard Prize in Poetry. Her previous collection is entitled “Tall As You Are Tall Between Them” (C&R Press 2016).
Christain’s writing and teaching are informed by her international teaching experience in China and South Korea, and as co-advisor of the International Club at SUNY Cobleskill, she creates opportunities for students to share cultural knowledge.
Praise for “The Vanguards of Holography”:
“Poetry as messages from another world, an urgent cascade of keys and codes; this is a poet I will follow into any dark without fear of losing our way. This book is a razor to cut your way out in case of emergencies. You will want to keep it close.” – CAConrad
“Grounded in keen juxtapositions, ‘The Vanguards of Holography’ is as capacious as it is pithy, as futuristic as it is mythic, as cerebral as it is primal.” – Julie Marie Wade
“If holography is, in part, a consideration of three-dimensional light, this award-winning collection lasers enlightenment, whiteness, and the spotlight into what? Luciferous poetry.” – Douglas Kearney