We’re pleased to announce the preliminary readers for our 2018 Snowbound Chapbook Award. These talented writers will help choose which manuscripts should be honored as finalists and forward on to our final judge.
Preliminary Readers for the 2018 Snowbound Chapbook Award
Ruth Baumann is the author of Parse, forthcoming in 2018 from Black Lawrence Press. She is also the author of four chapbooks: A Thousand Ars Poeticas (Sixth Finch, forthcoming 2018), Retribution Binary (Black Lawrence Press, 2017), wildcold (Slash Pines Press, 2016) & I’ll Love You Forever & Other Temporary Valentines (Salt Hill, 2015). Her poems have been published in Colorado Review, Sonora Review, Sycamore Review, The Journal, Third Coast & others. She received an AWP Intro Journals Project Award in 2014, and she co-edits Nightjar Review. She holds an MFA from the University of Memphis & is pursuing her PhD at Florida State University.
Wendy Chen is the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Most Promising Young Poet Prize, and fellowships from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. Her work has recently appeared in Crazyhorse, Rattle, and Hayden’s Ferry Review. Her first book, Unearthings, is forthcoming from Tavern Books early 2018. She earned her MFA in poetry from Syracuse University. Currently, she is co-founder and editor of Figure 1.
Jennifer S. Cheng is the author of the forthcoming hybrid book MOON: LETTERS, MAPS, POEMS, selected by Bhanu Kapil as winner of the Tarpaulin Sky Book Award. Her debut book, HOUSE A, was selected by Claudia Rankine as winner of the Omnidawn Poetry Book Prize, and her work appears in Tin House, The Normal School, Black Warrior Review, DIAGRAM, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and awards from Brown University, the University of Iowa, San Francisco State University, the U.S. Fulbright program, Kundiman, Bread Loaf, and the Academy of American Poets. Having grown up in Texas and Hong Kong, she lives in San Francisco. www.jenniferscheng.com
Ruth Danon is the author of the poetry collections, Limitless Tiny Boat (BlazeVOX, 2015), Triangulation from a Known Point (North Star Line, 1990), a chapbook, Living with the Fireman (Ziesing Brothers, 1981), and a book of literary criticism, Work in the English Novel (Croom-Helm, 1985). A new book of poems, Word Has It, will be published in spring 2018 by Nirala Press. Her poetry has recently appeared in the anthologies, Eternal Snow (Nirala, 2017) and Resist Much, Obey Little (Spuyten Duyvil, 2017.) Her poem, “Long After (Mallarme)” was selected by Robert Creeley for Best American Poetry, 2002. Her poetry and prose have appeared in The Florida Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Post Road, Versal, Mead, BOMB, the Paris Review, Fence, the Boston Review, 3rd Bed, Crayon, and many other publications in the U.S. and abroad. She teaches at the John Jay College of CUNY and has a private teaching practice in New York City and Beacon, New York.
Catherine Kyle is the author of the poetry collection Parallel (Another New Calligraphy, 2017), the poetry chapbooks Gamer: A Role-Playing Poem (dancing girl press, 2015) and Flotsam (Etched Press, 2015), and the hybrid-genre collection Feral Domesticity (Robocup Press, 2014). She also writes the monthly creative nonfiction column “Save Point” for Cartridge Lit. Her writing has been honored by the Idaho Commission on the Arts, the Alexa Rose Foundation, and other organizations. She teaches literature and creative writing at the College of Western Idaho, as well as through The Cabin, a literary nonprofit. You can learn more about her at www.catherinebaileykyle.com.
Eileen G’Sell received an MA from the University of Rochester and an MFA in creative writing from Washington University in St. Louis. Her cultural criticism and poetry can be found in Salon, VICE, Boston Review, Hyperallergic, DIAGRAM, Conduit, Ninth Letter, and the Denver Quarterly, among other publications. Her chapbooks are available from Dancing Girl and BOAAT Press, and her first full length poetry collection, Life After Rugby, is forthcoming from Gold Wake Books early 2018. She currently teaches rhetoric and poetry at Washington University, and creative writing for the Prison Education Project at Missouri Eastern Correctional Center. She lives in St. Louis and New York.
Tyler Mills is the author of two award-winning collections of poetry, Hawk Parable, selected by Oliver de la Paz for the 2017 Akron Poetry Prize (forthcoming in 2019), and Tongue Lyre, selected by Lee Ann Roripaugh for the 2011 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award (Southern Illinois University Press, 2013). Her poems have appeared widely, including The New Yorker, The Guardian, Poetry, Kenyon Review, Boston Review, The Believer, and New England Review; won magazine awards from Gulf Coast, the Crab Orchard Review, and Third Coast; and been featured in the Academy of American Poets “Poem-a-Day” digital series. Her creative nonfiction won the Copper Nickel Editor’s Prize in Prose and has also appeared in AGNI, Cherry Tree, the Collagist, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Her visual work has been shown in the Piano Roll Project, Bates Mill Complex (Lewiston, ME) and published in Poetry. She has also been featured on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily, and her work has appeared in a number of anthologies, most recently the Golden Shovel Anthology, the Manifesto Project, and Still Life with Poem. A recipient of fellowships, scholarships, and residencies from Yaddo, Ragdale, the Vermont Studio Center, the Kenyon Writers Workshop, Sewanee, and Bread Loaf, her past appearances also include the Bethesda Writer’s Center, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Pitchfork Music Festival, the Southern Festival of Books, and the Stadler Center for Poetry. Tyler Mills is also editor-in-chief of The Account: A Journal of Poetry, Prose, and Thought, an online magazine of new writing, and an Assistant Professor of English at New Mexico Highlands University.
Claire Wahmanholm‘s poems have recently appeared in, or are forthcoming from, New Poetry from the Midwest 2017, Saltfront, PANK, Bennington Review, The Collapsar, Newfound, Bateau, DIAGRAM, Best New Poets 2015, The Journal, and The Kenyon Review Online. Her chapbook, Night Vision, won the 2017 New Michigan Press/DIAGRAM chapbook contest and is forthcoming in December 2017. Her debut full-length collection is forthcoming from Tinderbox Editions in early 2019. She lives and teaches in the Twin Cities. clairewahmanholm.com