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2022 Guest Judge: Mei-mei Berssenbrugge

Mei-mei Berssenbrugge is the author of fourteen books of poetry, and has collaborated with many artists, including Richard Tuttle and Kiki Smith. Her most recent book, A Treatise on Stars (New Directions), received the Bollingen Prize for Poetry. She lives in northern New Mexico.


SUBMISSION OPEN: September 1 – December 15, 2021. Apply here.

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 programs@centerforbookarts.org

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