Mara Adamitz Scrupe’s first book-length poetry collection BEAST was recently published by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies Press as winner of the 2014 Stevens Manuscript Prize in Poetry. About the collection, competition judge John Witte writes: We find in BEAST poems of relentless energy as well as hesitation, and recognize in them the halting and swerving of our lives. All the incongruous clutter of our days – the fungus and stars – weigh on the page. Scrupe’s wry humor cushions the thought of our bodies “chaffed and sloughed,” growing transparent. These crowded unflinching poems chronicle the small catastrophes and redeeming joys, the emotional commotion of life as we know it.