Sarah Gridley’s latest collection of poems, Loom, recently won the Omnidawn open book contest. As winner of the contest, the assistant professor of English received $3,000 and publication of her book, which will debut next spring.

Poet Carl Phillips, who selected Gridley’s poetry as the winner, said “Loom seems at times a Book of Hours both contemporary and medieval, illuminated everywhere with intellect, grace, and a persuasive belief in beauty; at other times, something woven of many histories—private, natural, literary—a fabric that at once conceals and discloses.”

The assistant professor of English is the author of two books of poetry: Weather Eye Open (2005) and Green is the Orator (2010), both from the University of California Press.