ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS OF THE 2017
POETRY SOCIETY OF AMERICA CHAPBOOK FELLOWSHIP


What Kind of Omen Am I
 by zakia henderson-brown
selected by Cate Marvin

The Ghost Wife by Esther Lin
selected by Patrick Rosal


WINNERS OF THE 2017 POETRY SOCIETY OF AMERICA CHAPBOOK FELLOWSHIP

30 AND UNDER


Black Swim
 
by Nicholas Goodly
selected by Brenda Shaughnessy

Professional Crybaby
 by Emily Hunerwadel
selected by Kyle Dargan

CHAPBOOK FINALISTS


Selected by Kyle Dargan 
Melissa Dias-Mandoly, Planet Untouchable
William Fargason, Inheritance
Edgar Kunz, Salvage

Selected by Cate Marvin
David Welch, Wonderful

Selected by Patrick Rosal
Hafizah Geter, Un-American

Selected by Brenda Shaughnessy
Jennifer Whalen, Eveningful
Amanda Galvan-Huynh, Fray 
Liza Flum, Guy Lines

ABOUT THE 2017 CHAPBOOK FELLOWS



zakia henderson-brown is of starshine and clay lineage. She is a Cave Canem graduate fellow, a 2016 Poets House Emerging Poets fellow, and has received additional fellowships and support from the Fine Arts Work Center and Callaloo Journal. She has been in residence at the Vermont Studio Center and the Louis Armstrong House Museum, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2013. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in African American Review, Beloit Poetry JournalNorth American Review, the Offing, VinylWashington Square Review, and others. zakia earned an MFA in Poetry and Literary Translation from Queens College and a BA from Wesleyan University. She currently serves as associate editor at nonprofit publisher The New Press and lives in her native Brooklyn. 



Esther Lin was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and lived in the United States as an undocumented immigrant for 21 years. Her poems have appeared in Copper Nickel, the Cortland Review, Crazyhorse, Drunken Boat, the Missouri Review Online, and Vinyl. She is a 2017–19 Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, and is the recipient of the Crab Orchard Review's 2018 Richard Peterson Poetry Prize, the inaugural Undocupoets fellowship, and a Poets House Emerging Poets fellowship.

Nicholas Goodly received a Teaching Fellowship from Columbia University. Nicholas is a Cave Canem Fellow and was a finalist in the 2017 Tennessee Williams Poetry Contest and a finalist in the 2016 Academy of American Poets Prize. Nicholas is the writing editor of WUSSY Magazine and creator of the LGBT reading series Loudspeaker and currently lives in Atlanta, GA.


Emily Hunerwadel is a MFA candidate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She was a finalist for Columbia Journal's 2016 Winter Contest. Her work has been published in the Vassar ReviewElke: A Little Journal, and Ursus Americanus Press among other journals. Born and raised in the deep south, she currently lives in Western Massachusetts.

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Recent Winners

2016

Death of a Nativist by Ryan Black, selected by Linda Gregerson

Late Frontier by Brandon Kreitler, selected by Major Jackson

Nonstop Godhead by Analicia Sotelo, selected by Rigoberto González

Oxyana by William Brewer, selected by Marilyn Nelson

2015

Dreams of Unhappiness by Sarah Trudgeon, selected by Don Paterson

Instructions for Building a Wind Chime by Adriana Cloud, selected by Jane Hirshfield

Of Nectar by Amanda Turner, selected by A. Van Jordan

Year Zero by Monica Sok, selected by Marilyn Chin

2014

Aeons by Max Ritvo, selected by Jean Valentine

Arctic Revival by Callie Siskel, selected by Elizabeth Alexander

Thirst by Eva Maria Saaverda, selected by Marilyn Hacker

True to Life: cuttings, mechanics, & modifications by HL Hazuka, selected by Forrest Gander