Santa Fe, NM, May 29, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Last week, Santa Fe poet Mary McCray was named one of the four finalists in the poetry category of the 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards (NIEA) with her 2012 book of poems, Why Photographers Commit Suicide.
According to NIEA, “Not only has the number of entrants increased, but the excellence has risen to a whole new level. Advances in technology and the increase in sophistication of self-publishers has produced a bumper crop of books that stand proudly next those published by mainstream houses. This has created a challenge of unexpected magnitude for the contest judges. The National Indie Excellence Awards criteria for recognition are stringent and include overall excellence. This award celebrates the highest achievements in self-publishing, a sector of the industry that has grown exponentially in recent years.”
- To view a full list of winners and finalists, visit http://www.indieexcellence.com
- To find out more about Mary McCray, visit http://www.marymccray.com
About the Book
Why Photographers Commit Suicide explores the American idea of Manifest Destiny, particularly as it relates to the next frontier—space exploration. Mary McCray examines psychological and spiritual frontiers enmeshed in our very human longing for space and unearths our feelings about what it means to move ahead and stake out new territory, what it means to be home.
David H. Levy, astronomer and author of The Quest for Comets and David Levy's Guide to the Night Sky says, “Remember when, in Carl Sagan's Contact, the main character said ‘They should have sent a poet?’ Now we have. From the great Tharsis volcano on Mars to Olympus Mons, these poems are a celebration of what is best about humanity's exploration of the planets. We are moving out among the stars, and Mary McCray is leading us there.”
According to Tom Crawford, author of The Names of Birds, Wu Wei, and The Temple on Monday, "This new collection by Mary McCray should earn her a wide readership with its outer space leaps of invention. Her ribald sense of humor. Grit. Originality."