Announcing the Winner of the 2018 Gerald Cable Book Award

Those Who Keep Arriving by Julie Danho

Julie Danho’s poems have appeared in New Ohio Review, Pleiades, Bennington Review, and Blackbird, among other journals. Her chapbook, Six Portraits, won the 2013 Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition, and she has received a MacColl Johnson Fellowship as well as fellowships from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. 

Julie has an M.F.A. from Ohio State University and lives in Providence with her husband, the poet David O’Connell, and their daughter.   

In Julie Danho’s Those Who Keep Arriving, the personal is political and the political is terrifying. Danho faces this terror and transcends it to make stunning poems about creating a home and family. She often employs the ekphrasis mode, seeing well-known visual pieces anew, using them as vehicles for exploration. She also writes her own character studies in American Landscape and other forms. In “Abstraction,” a sonogram is imagined as art on a wall called “‘Moon,’ ‘Clouds,’/ ‘Volcano Taken From Above.’” The glittering surfaces of her elegant poems are as fascinating as their substance. — Denise Duhamel

More of her work is available at

Author photo: Mark Sheldon
Author photo: Mark Sheldon