The Chapbook Contest is an annual program that awards the author of the winning manuscript with the publication of a limited edition letterpress printed chapbook, to be printed and bound by artists at the Center for Book Arts. This year’s contest winner is Katerina I. Ramos-Jordán, who was selected by Guest Judge Raquel Salas Rivera.
This evening will feature poetry readings by Raquel Salas Rivera alongside Katerina I. Ramos-Jordán, and Runners Up Emily Bludworth de Barrios and Rushi Vyas.
We will also hear from the artists who designed, printed and assembled this year’s chapbooks and broadsides:
Aurora De Armendi and Ana Paula Cordiero designed and produced Salas Rivera’s chapbook, ceniza cañaveral y otros productos (reedbed ash and other products). Ramos-Jordán’s chapbook, ECHOESISTEMAS /lentos cerramientos is designed by Erika Morillo and printed by Keith Graham.
Emily Bludworth de Barrios’ broadside is designed and printed by Claudia Kaatziza Cortínez. Rushi Vyas’ broadside is designed and printed by Amber McMillan Braverman.
About the Readers
Raquel Salas Rivera
Guest Judge of the 2020 Chapbook Contest
Raquel Salas Rivera (Mayagüez, 1985) is a Puerto Rican poet, translator, and editor. His honors include being named the 2018-19 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia and receiving the New Voices Award from Puerto Rico’s Festival de la Palabra. He is the author of five full-length poetry books. His third book, lo terciario/ the tertiary won the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry and was longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award. His fourth book, while they sleep (under the bed is another country), was longlisted for the 2020 Pen America Open Book Award and was a finalist for CLMP’s 2020 Firecracker Award. His fifth book, x/ex/exis won the inaugural Ambroggio Prize. antes que isla es volcán/ before island is volcano, his sixth book, is an imaginative leap into Puerto Rico’s decolonial future and is forthcoming from Beacon Press in 2022. He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania and now writes and teaches in Puerto Rico.
Katerina I. Ramos-Jordán
Winner of the 2020 Chapbook Contest
Katerina I. Ramos-Jordán is a cross-disciplinary poet, born and raised in San Juan, P.R. She uses verse, dance, and media to explore the intersections between colonialism, ecology, and embodiment. She has been published in the poetic anthology Puerto Rico en mi corazón (Anomalous Press 2019). Ramos-Jordán is currently a Mellon Undergraduate Fellow and a Beinecke Scholar at Wesleyan University, where she is finishing her undergrad degree in English and Dance with a concentration in Caribbean Studies.
Emily Bludworth de Barrios
Runner up of the 2020 Chapbook Contest
Emily Bludworth de Barrios is the author of Splendor, a book of poems. She’s also published two chapbooks: Women, Money, Children, Ghosts (Sixth Finch 2016), and Extraordinary Power (Factory Hollow Press 2014). Her poems have appeared in publications such as jubilat, The Poetry Review, The Harvard Review, Columbia Journal, Gulf Coast, Sixth Finch, and Tender. Emily was born in Houston and raised in Egypt, the United States, and Venezuela; she currently lives in Houston with her husband and three children, with impending plans to relocate to Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
Runner up of the 2020 Chapbook Contest
Rushi Vyas is an American poet of Indian origin living in Aotearoa/New Zealand. His first manuscript, When I Reach For Your Pulse, is a two-time Finalist for the National Poetry Series. His first chapbook, Physics from the Scaffold, was named Runner-Up for the 2020 Center for Book Arts Chapbook Contest. Recent poems have featured in Adroit, The Offing, Tin House, 32 Poems, Redivider, Waxwing, Boulevard, AQR, Landfall (NZ), and elsewhere. He is currently a PhD student in Literature at Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo where he is writing a creative/critical project on bewilderment, relationality, and ecstasy in the poetics of walking.
About The Center for Book Arts
The Center for Book Arts promotes active explorations of both contemporary and traditional artistic practices related to the book as an art object. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary visual and literary arts, while being a model organization locally, nationally, and internationally within the field. We achieve this through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collecting.