books of poetry exclusively, Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press is an independent, literary press located
in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in southwest Virginia.
2013 Poetry Chapbook Award
of Carmichaels, Pennsylvania is the winner of the Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press 2013 Poetry Award for her manuscript
entitled "A Particular Sorrow, A Tree."
We thank everyone who submitted a manuscript to this year's competition. Thank you for
your support of our press. Entries were read with great care.
is named in honor of the champion thoroughbred filly Ruffian, whose astounding beauty, unbelievable feats on the racetrack,
and tragic fate, haunt us to this day. She was magnificent, and she was golden.
Poets are channels through which the truth