Chapbook Winners

Announcing the 2013 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship Winners

The winners receive a $1,000 prize and publication in the Poetry Society's Chapbook Series.

New York Chapbook Fellowship Winners

Manhattations by MRB Chelko, selected by Mary Ruefle
Modern Camping by Tyler Flynn Dorholt, selected by John Yau

National Chapbook Chapbook Fellowship Winners

Err to Narrow by Alicia Salvadeo, selected by Nick Flynn
Barbarian at the Gate by Xavier Cavazos, selected by Thomas Sayers Ellis

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Finalist for the New York Contest: Jameson Fitzpatrick
Finalists for the National Contest: Lindsay Ahl and P. Scott Cunningham


MRB Chelko holds an MFA in poetry from The University of New Hampshire. Her work has appeared in numerous journals including AGNI Online; Forklift, OhioIndiana Review; and Washington Square Review. She is the author two chapbooks, The World after Czeslaw Milosz (Dream Horse Press, 2012) and What to Tell the Sleeping Babies (sunnyoutside, 2010). She lives in Central Harlem with her husband, Nick, and daughter, Noni.

Tyler Flynn Dorholt is a writer and visual artist, living and working in Brooklyn. He is the author of two chapbooks The Point, or What I Cannot Recall (Greying Ghost, 2012) and, with Thomas Cook, Monster: a Glottochronology (alice blue, 2012). He co-edits and publishes the print journal Tammy and is the founder and publisher of the film and writing series, On the Escape Photograph of Tyler by Marshall Franklin Long.

Xavier Cavazos
earned his MFA in 2013 from Iowa State University where he served as poetry editor for Flyway: Journal of Writing and the Environment.  He was the Nuyorican Poets Café 1993 "Fresh Poet" Award winner, selected by Miguel Algarín, as well as the café's 1995 Grand Slam Champion. His poetry has been published in such anthologies as Verses That Hurt: Pleasure and Pain from the POEMFONE Poets (St. Martin's Press): Under a Pomegranate Tree: The Best New Latino Erotica, edited by Ray Gonzalez (Washington Square Press): and Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, edited by Bob Holman and Miguel Algarín (Henry Holt Press). 

Born in Staten Island in 1990, Alicia Salvadeo grew up in New York and Eastern Pennsylvania. She now lives in Pittsburgh, PA, where she studied poetry and history as an undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh. Her poetry and reviews have most recently appeared in Bombay GinThe VoltaPhantom Limb, DIAGRAM, andSOFTBLOW.