Norfolk Poet D.L. Pearlman Wins 17th Annual Dogfish Head Poetry Prize



D.L. Pearlman, of Norfolk, VA, has been awarded the 2019 Dogfish Head Poetry Prize for his manuscript “Normal They Napalm the Cottonfields.”  The prize was presented to Pearlman on December 14th at the Dogfish Inn, in Lewes, DE, by Andrew Greeley, a company representative for Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales.


The prize consists of $500, publication of the winning manuscript by Broadkill River Press, 10 copies of the published book, two cases of Dogfish Head beer, and two nights at the Dogfish Inn.


Of "Normal They Napalm the Cottonfields", Joseph Millar, judge of this year’s competition, says “the poems in D.L. Pearlman’s collection are filled with the experience of this world. I admire the variety of their subject matter, the reminiscences of a traveling photographer, and especially their gritty images of working life in a countryside worn down by time and weather, its crops and dirt roads, its shoreline and bays and woods.”


Grace Cavalieri, Poet Laureate of Maryland, says Pearlman’s work is “large with social conscience and awareness…This is real writing. This is real poetry.”


D.L. (Daniel) Pearlman is a native of Norfolk. He holds an MFA from George Mason University and teaches at Tidewater Community College in Chesapeake, VA. He is also the recipient of the 2019 Edgar Allen Poe Prize from the Poetry Society of Virginia.


The Dogfish Head Poetry Prize was created by Sam Calagione, CEO of Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales. Calagione was a literature major in college. The contest is open to poets living in North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and the District of Columbia. Publication of the winning manuscript is supported in part by The Cape Gazette.


"Normal They Napalm the Cottonfields" is available for purchase from Broadkill River Press at

Congratulations to the finalists of the Dogfish Head Poetry Prize!

Listed in alphabetical order.

Another Word for Longing: Saudade - Melissa Scholes Young (MD)

Confessions of an Ex-Maintainer - Gabrielle Brant Freeman (NC)

FOX - Kathryn Howd Machan (NY)

Hecuba - JM Mulligan (NY)

Meteor - Adam Tamashasky (MD)

Not All Saints - Sean Thomas Dougherty (PA)

Shellback - Jeanne-Marie Osterman (NY)

Shoveling Mud into Rushing Water - CL Bledsoe (VA)

Sweet Land - Sherry Siddall (NC)

The Distance Between Us - Jim Bourey (NY)

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