We are excited to announce the results of the 2017 Homebound Publications Poetry Prize. Now in our 5th year, the poetry prize is a celebrated highpoint within our publishing year. Each season the number of submissions grows and our task of judging is made harder. This year was no exception.

Winner: The School of Soft-Attention by Saizan Owen

Saizan_Owen_200Saizan Owen is a poet, writer, and nature explorer whose poetry is born at the crossroads of deep ecology, Jungian dreamwork, and Buddhist and Daoist cosmology and practice. After studies in Aikidō, Buddhist studies, depth psychology, ecopsychology, and earning a M.A. in Mindfulness-Based Counseling from Naropa University in the mid-90s, he studied for a decade with an eclectic, reclusive Zen (Chan)/Pure Land Buddhist teacher who wove together zazen (meditation practice), shinrin-yoku (“forest bathing”, contemplative nature walking), and poetry as a form of Dharma art. Since his teacher’s death in 2007, Saizan (Japanese: 西山, “Western Mountain”) has continued writing poetry, studying regional ecology, making annual mountain pilgrimages, and meditating on the lives and works of other hermit-poets. The School of Soft-Attention is his first book of poetry. His other poetry and writing can be found at: www.purelandpoetry.com
Honorable Mentions:

  • Bluebird by James Crews
  • Morning Walk by Michael Keating
  • Hopiate by Monique Gagnon German
  • Orchard Gospel, Boney Psalms by Mark Hart
  • We Turn the Stars to Water by Brett Molé
  • Call & Response by Wendy Brown-Baez
  • Preliminary Visions by Karina Lutz
  • All the Understory an Altar by Emily Stoddard


Look for The School of Soft-Attention on September 18, 2018.

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