Announcing the 2014 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship Winners

Each year four renowned poets select and introduce a winning  manuscript for publication. Each winner receives $1000. It is our pleasure to congratulate the winners listed below.

New York Chapbook Fellowship Winners

AEONS by Max Ritvo
selected by Jean Valentine

Thirst by Eva Maria Saavedra
selected by Marilyn Hacker

National Chapbook Fellowship Winners

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

Arctic Revival by Callie Siskel
selected by Elizabeth Alexander

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Max Ritvo lives in Manhattan. He is an assistant editor at Parnassus: Poetry in Review. He is working towards an MFA in poetry at Columbia University. He is a comedian in the NYC-based experimental sketch comedy troupe His Majesty the Baby. He is currently working on poetry translation and an endangered language conservation project. Photograph by Dominique Nabokov.

Eva Maria Saavedra was born and raised in New Jersey and now resides in Brooklyn, NY. She received a BA from SUNY Purchase and an MFA in writing and translation from Columbia's School of the Arts.  Her poetry has appeared in CallalooCatch-UpThe Acentos Review, Generations, Prick of the Spindle, and Apogee Journal.


HL Hazuka is a poet, writer, and translator of visual language. Her work tends to interact with the dynamic interference of language, often with the performing and visual arts. Her poetry has appeared in OmniVerse, Fourteen Hills (a Pushcart nominee), Sidebrow 01, Five Fingers Review, and So to Speak: a feminist journal of language & art, among others. She is a contributor to White Horse, a multi-author chapbook (Sidebrow Books) and has been recognized by Andrei Codrescu in UNO's Arts & Writing contest. She holds degrees in biology, English (MA), and creative writing (MFA). A co-editor of Multicultural Education magazine and the associate publisher at Caddo Gap Press, she lives in San Francisco.

Callie Siskel was born in Chicago and lives in Baltimore, where she teaches creative writing in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and at Stevenson University. She received her MFA from Johns Hopkins in 2013. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in The Yale Review, 32 Poems, Passages NorthThe New CriterionUnsplendid, and other journals. She has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Sewanee Writers' Conference. 

Recent Winners


Barbarian at the Gate by Xavier Cavazos, selected by Thomas Sayers Ellis

Err to Narrow by Alicia Salvadeo, selected by Nick Flynn

Manhattations by MRB Chelko, selected by Mary Ruefle

Modern Camping by Tyler Flynn Dorholt, selected by John Yau


mere eye by Danielle Blau, selected by D. A. Powell

Self-Portrait as Missing Person by Justin Boening, selected by Dara Wier

Theory of Tides by Cherry Pickman, selected by Lucia Perillo

Travel and Leisure by Eric Bliman, selected by Vijay Seshadri


Dear Johnny, In Your Last Letter by Angela Veronica Wong, selected by Bob Hicok

Little Box of Cotton & Lightning by Marni Ludwig, selected by Susan Howe

What We Push Against by Alison Roh Park, selected by Joy Harjo

Your Bright Hand by E. J. Garcia, selected by Gerald Stern