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 www.youngarts.org.

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

Peter LaBerge
Peter LaBerge

Peter LaBerge founded The Adroit Journal in 2010, as a high school sophomore. His work appears in Best New Poets, Crazyhorse, Harvard Review, Indiana Review, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review Online, Pleiades, and Tin House, among others. He lives in San Francisco.

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