PSA Chapbook Fellowship

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 Review, Elke: A Little Journal, and Ursus Americanus Press among other journals. Born and raised in the deep south, she currently lives in Western Massachusetts.


Announcing the 2018 Chapbook Fellowships Judges:

Adrian Matejka, Ange Mlinko, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and D. Nurkse.

Please view guidelines here.

Submissions will be accepted between October 1st and December 22nd, 2018.