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2021 Guest Judge: Simone White

Simone White stares back at you with an air of calm
Simone White (2019)

Simone White was born Middletown, Connecticut, and raised in Philadelphia. She earned her BA from Wesleyan University, JD from Harvard Law School, and MFA from the New School. White is the author of the full-length collection House Envy of All the World (2010) and the chapbooks Dolly (2008) and Unrest (2013). Her work has been praised for its innovative complexity, allusive song, and “lyric deconstruction of desire, entitlement, blackness, the domestic, language and diction,” in the words of Anna Moschovakis. White has received fellowships from Cave Canem and was selected as a New American Poet for the Poetry Society of America. She is completing a PhD in English at the CUNY Graduate Center and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED for our Poetry Chapbook Contest. The winning manuscript will be announced in May, 2021. 

The winner’s manuscript will be published by Center for Book Arts in the form of a limited edition chapbook that is designed, printed, and bound by artists at CBA in an edition of 100 signed and numbered books. Of this edition, the winner receives 10 copies of their chapbook, the remainder of which will be offered for sale through the Center’s bookshop in support of this program. The winner additionally receives a $500 cash award, one copy of the year’s Guest Judge’s chapbook, broadsides by the runners up, a $500 honorarium to read alongside the Guest Judge at CBA in the Fall, and the exclusive opportunity for a week long stay at the Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, New York as their Wintertide Rustic Retreat. 

Two runners-up will be selected as honorees, and will each have one poem from their manuscript published as a limited edition, letterpress printed broadside. These broadsides will be designed and printed by artists at CBA in an edition of 100. Of this edition, each poet receives 10 copies of their broadside, and one copy of each chapbook from this year’s contest. The remainder of the broadsides will be offered for sale through the Center’s bookshop in support of this program. Honorees each receive a $250 honorarium for the reading in the Fall. 

Questions can be directed to jenna@centerforbookarts.org

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