New Rivers Press is pleased to present the 2017 Many Voices Project winner in Poetry, Tara Ballard. Her collection, House of the Night Watch, will join our other titles on the 2018 publication list. 

MVP judge Aliki Barnstone describes the collection:

“Tara Ballard’s opulently beautiful book guides her readers through the glories and tragedies of the people of the Middle East with such vivid language that we profoundly feel sensations; we can ‘taste each / syllable’ on the ‘tongue / like horseradish, like honey.’ In her witnessing, she never takes sides, though she exposes the consequences of those who do.”

To learn more about our MVP poetry winner, Tara Ballard, and hear more about her book visit