A Name Among Bone

A Name Among Bone is the 2022 Winner of the Cow Creek Chapbook Prize.

Here’s what judge Kayleb Candrilli had to say about Ruth’s chapbook:

“In A Name Among Bone we thumb the threads of the familial. Threads as thematic, threads as textile—as the linen passed down from generation to generation. We tether our dead closer with language, with utterance, with the history we shout at our landscapes. Melinda Ruth knows that each one of us with blood is a historian. And, among the threads we thumb in this chapbook, so many mirrors. A hall of mirrors, revealing ghosts that are also our angels. Who hasn’t studied their eyes’ reflection, searching for ancestors? Drawn, with fingertips, the bridge of our noses in hunt for all the blood that bore us? A Name Among Bone hands us the fabric of a family. We are so lucky to hold it, if only briefly.”

A Name Among Bone was also a semi-finalist in the 2020 Black River Chapbook Contest held through Black Lawrence Press.

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