Her Read named 2021 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Winner

TRP is pleased to announce Her Read: A Graphic Poem, by Jennifer Sperry Steinorth has been named the poetry Bronze Winner in the 24th annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards.


Her Read: A Graphic Poem is a hybrid text at once poetry and visual art. In the tradition of reusing canvases, Steinorth takes a seminal text, The Meaning of Art by Herbert Read and with the liberal use of correction fluid, scalpel and embroidery floss, transforms the book from art criticism into feminist verse. Though the maternal body appears with frequency in Read’s illustrated text which spans from prehistory to the modern age, he includes zero female artists. Her Read: A Graphic Poem is an excavation of buried voices, a reclamation of bodies framed in gilt and an homage to those whose arts remain unsung.

Jennifer Sperry Steinorth’s books include A Wake with Nine Shades (2019) and Her Read, A Graphic Poem, a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year recipient (2021), both from Texas Review Press.  She has received grants from Vermont Studio Center, the Sewanee Writers Conference, Community of Writers, and the MFA for Writers at Warren Wilson College and her recent work appears in Black Warrior Review, Cincinnati Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Missouri Review, Pleiades, Plume, Rhino, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. An interdisciplinary artist and licensed builder, she lectures at University of Michigan and lives in Ann Arbor and Traverse City, Michigan.


Foreword Reviews, a book review journal focusing on independently published books, announced the winners of its INDIES Book of the Year Awards today. The INDIES recognize the best books published in 2021 from small, indie, and university presses, as well as self-published authors. You can view all of the winners here.

For this year’s competition, over 2,700 entries were submitted in 55 categories, with Foreword’s editors choosing the finalists. Those titles were then mailed to individual librarians and booksellers charged with picking the Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Honorable Mention winners.

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