Poetry. FLICKER by Lisa Bickmore is the winner of the 2014 Elixir Press Antivenom Poetry Award. "Lisa Bickmore gives us a powerful new collection, in which 'there are two lives, / the tranquil one and the conflagration.' These are poems rich in both and in their interplay where, as the poet says, 'Wildflower seeds exploded there / with the flicked matches I walked away from.' What makes the poems in FLICKER such a rich experience is their fierce honesty as they demonstrate a willingness to alchemically enter the fire of one's life in order to attain tranquility. Bickmore offers generative complexities of transformation, as when the cat in 'Thaumaturge' eats a bird, and 'the bird's heart [becomes] a power inside her.' Read these poems with a sincere desire to connect with others and with the world. Taste these poems, savor them, and bring them most dearly into the body's cells. They will reward you and become a power inside you too." George Kalamaras, contest judge"
Lisa Bickmore's poems and video work have appeared in a number of publications, including Quarterly West, Tar River Poetry, Caketrain, Sugarhouse Review, The Moth, Terrain, Mapping Salt Lake City, and Southword. Among her honors is the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize for 2015. She is an Associate Professor of English at Salt Lake Community College, where she is also one of the founders of its Publication Center.