Congratulations to Nehassaiu deGannes, the winner of this year’s Poetry Chapbook Competition. Her manuscript, Undressing the River, was chosen from a pool of over 350 entries by Kimiko Hahn to be produced in a limited edition of 100 hand bound, letterpress printed chapbooks this summer. Hahn said about the work: “Nehassaiu deGannes’ version of history, both personal and social, is as fervent as it is elegant. Undressing the River is a unique collection of inspiring voices.”
We have also selected two other manuscripts for honorable mention: Bulletproof by Sue D. Burton of Burlington, Vermont and ABCs of Endangered by Mark McKain of Altamonte Springs, Florida. A poem from each of them will be produced as a letterpress broadside by artists at the Center. All three, along with Kimiko Hahn and her co-judge and founder of the series, Sharon Dolin, will join us in early October for a reading to celebrate their publications.
The Center’s Poetry Chapbook Competition has been going strong since 1996; past winners have included Ailish Hopper, Jeffrey Skinner, L.B.Thompson, and Rachel Zucker. You can see examples of past books in our bookstore here.
Poets! Submit your work for this year’s contest; the deadline is December 17; current guidelines are up on our site here. This year’s judges are Phillis Levin and Sharon Dolin.