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Dzanc Books is nonprofit press specializing in literary fiction and nonfiction. In addition to publishing activities, Dzanc Books also supports the Disquiet International Literary Program.


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Joshua R. Helms Wins Dzanc Poetry Collection Award

Guy Intoci

April 22, 2013, Ann Arbor, MI—Dzanc Books is pleased to announce that Joshua R. Helms is the winner of our 2012 poetry award.  Helms’ manuscript, Machines Like Us, was selected by contest judge, C. Dale Young, from more than 100 submissions.  This collection will be published in September 2014.

C. Dale Young notes:  "Machines Like Us is a dark and deeply obsessive book. It is almost impossible to forget the three primary characters in this collection after witnessing their twisted and repetitive attempts to connect, after witnessing the fact they cannot separate acts of love from acts of harm."

"I’m so very excited to have my first collection of poetry chosen by C. Dale Young and published by Dzanc,” Helms reacted.  “I have great respect and admiration for the books Dzanc produces and I’m beyond honored to be among the authors they publish. I’m extremely happy that my collection has found a home with such a wonderful press."


Joshua R. Helms lives in Tuscaloosa, where he’s an MFA candidate at the University of Alabama. His poems have appeared in Copper NickelDIAGRAM,Phoebe, and Sixth Finch, among others. Machines Likes Us is his first collection of poetry.


C. Dale Young is the author of three collections of poetry, the most recent beingTorn (Four Way 2011).  A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, he practices medicine full-time, edits poetry for the New England Review, and teaches in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.