ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS OF THE 2018
POETRY SOCIETY OF AMERICA CHAPBOOK FELLOWSHIP

CHAPBOOK FELLOWSHIP

Here is a Clearing
 by Heather Hamilton

selected by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

The Deaf Island by Joann Gardner
selected by D. Nurkse

30 AND UNDER

A System of Satellites by Như Xuân Nguyễn

selected by Adrian Matejka

Wild Conditions by Laura Romeyn
selected by Ange Mlinko

Finalists

Dramedy by Diana Keren Lee

selected by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

in the sulfur baths by Catherine Pond
selected by Adrian Matejka

Sickarus by M. Brown
selected by Ange Mlinko


ABOUT THE 2018 CHAPBOOK FELLOWS



Originally from Mobile, Alabama, Heather Hamilton holds an MFA from the University of Florida and a PhD from the University of Cincinnati, where she received an Academy of American Poets prize. Her poems have appeared in Subtropics, Birmingham Poetry Review, RHINO, Willow Springs, Southern Poetry Review, Third Coast, Poetry Northwest, and Verse Daily, among other journals. She lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and teaches at Penn State Harrisburg.



A native of Maine, Joann Gardner lives part of the year in Tallahassee, Florida, where she is an associate professor of English at The Florida State University. She holds a Master's degree from the University of York in England and a Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University. For fifteen years, she directed and taught for Runaway with Words, a poetry workshop for at-risk youth that took her to shelters, detention centers and alternative high schools across the country. She has received artist residencies from Villa Montalvo and the Blue Mountain Center, and her poems have appeared in such journals as Crazyhorse, Barrow Street, Louisiana Literature and Comstock Review. Her chapbook La Florida won the Weldon Kees Prize and was published by Backwaters Press.



Như Xuân Nguyễn is a Vietnamese American poet and writer. She is a Kundiman fellow and an MFA candidate in Poetry at Rutgers-Newark. Her work has appeared in The Offing, Deluge, The Journal, The Shade Journal, and Juked. Photo credit: Jess X. Snow.



Laura Romeyn
was born and raised in western Wisconsin. Winner of the Driftless Prize, her poems have appeared in AGNI, Black Warrior Review, Crazyhorse, Ninth Letter, and The Yale Review, among other journals. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University (2015-2017), she now lives and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Recent Winners

2017

Black Swim by Nicholas Goodly, selected by Brenda Shaughnessy

Professional Crybaby by Emily Hunerwadel, selected by Kyle Dargan

The Ghost Wife by Esther Lin, selected by Patrick Rosal

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

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