RAISE YOUR GLASS: Adroit Meets the 2015 YoungArts Awards!

“Horse” by Adam Amram (2012 National YoungArts Finalist), Adroit Journal Issue Nine.

Today, I woke up to a phone call from an unidentified number. I picked it up rather suspiciously (I hate those telemarketers, but curiosity always gets the best of me). It wasn’t a telemarketer, though. It was an excited 2015 YoungArts Finalist rejoicing: The list! It’s up! We know people!

I hung up (politely), grabbed a notepad, and set to Google. And boy, what a list. See below for the list of Adroit-affiliated 2015 National YoungArts Winners:


Bindu Bansinath (Previous Blog Editor & Contributor), Short Story
Carissa Chen (Art Contributor), Poetry
Noah Dversdall (Poetry Reader), Poetry
Julia Falkner (Prose Reader), Poetry
Hannah Knowles (Prose Reader), Short Story
Adina Lasser (Previous Poetry Reader & Contributor), Creative Nonfiction
Aaron Orbey (Prose Reader), Creative Nonfiction
Audrey Spensley (Summer Mentorship Participant ’14), Poetry
Talin Tahajian (Poetry Editor), Poetry
Oriana Tang (Poetry Reader & Contributor), Poetry
Oriana Tang (Poetry Reader & Contributor), Short Story
Alexander Zhang (Art Contributor & Cover Artist), Photography


Katherine Frain (Previous Poetry Editor & Contributor), Poetry


Ian Burnette (Poetry Contributor & Adroit Prize Runner-Up), Poetry
Adina Lasser (Previous Poetry Reader & Contributor), Poetry
Erin Stoodley (Poetry Contributor), Poetry

So there you have it! Congratulations, one & all. Mark your calendars, because in early January all finalists will share their work with the public on an internationally televised webcast up at http://www.youngarts.org.

Until then,
Peter LaBerge
Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Peter LaBerge

Peter LaBerge founded The Adroit Journal in 2010, as a high school sophomore. His work appears in Crazyhorse, Harvard Review, Indiana Review, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review Online, Pleiades, and Tin House, among others. He is the recipient of a 2020 Pushcart Prize.

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