English professor Amy Gerstler is a finalist for the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, which bestows $100,000 on a midcareer poet. Gerstler, who teaches in UCI’s M.F.A. Programs in Writing, is one of five contenders for the prize. Her works of poetry, nonfiction and journalism have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review and The American Poetry Review. Gerstler’s most recent book, Scattered at Sea, was longlisted for the 2015 National Book Award for Poetry. This year’s Kingsley Tufts winner will be announced in March.