Sewell Awarded Tenth Gate Prize for Poetry

Lisa Sewell of Philadelphia, PA has won the 2014 Tenth Gate Prize for her Poetry manuscript: Impossible Object, her fourth poetry collection. This is the first time the prize has been awarded.

“Lisa Sewell’s poems are shot through with an adhesive intelligence born of the accretion of craft, discernment, and engagement with the world. This is exactly the kind of collection for which the Tenth Gate prize was developed,” says Series Editor for the Tenth Gate, Leslie McGrath.

When not writing poetry, Lisa teaches in the English Department at Villanova University where she is also co-director of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program. She is also a co-editor, with Claudia Rankine, of two essay collections on 21st Century North American poets. 

Lisa’s poems have appeared in the Colorado Review, Ploughshares, Paris Review and Harvard Review. She has been awarded a Leeway Foundation grant and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Impossible Object will be available by advance order for $17 plus $4 shipping and handling at


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