Thank You to the Preliminary Readers for the 2021 Snowbound Chapbook Prize

Chaun Ballard is an affiliate editor for Alaska Quarterly Review, an affiliate reader for Ruminate Magazine, a graduate of the MFA Program at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and a doctoral student.

Chaun Ballard’s chapbook, Flight, was the winner of the 2018 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize and is published by Tupelo Press.

His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Narrative Magazine, Rattle, The New York Times,, Tupelo Quarterly, and other literary magazines.

Chaun is the recipient of a 2019 Alaska Literary Award. His work has received nominations for Best New Poets, Best of the Net, and Pushcart Prizes.

Chee Brossy was born in Chinle, Arizona and raised in Red Mesa, Arizona in the Navajo Nation. He is the author of the poetry chapbook Burntwater and the forthcoming poetry collection The Strings Are Lightning And Hold You In from Tupelo Press. His poetry and fiction have appeared in Red Ink Magazine, Kenyon Review Online, Denver Quarterly, PRISM International, and elsewhere. He has been a fellow at the Vermont Studio Center. He has worked as a reporter, basketball coach, jeweler, and English literature instructor. He is Diné, of the Water Flows Together clan, and lives in New Mexico. 

Katy Didden’s first manuscript, The Glacier’s Wake, won the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize and was published by Pleiades Press in 2013. She has published poems and essays in journals such as Poetry NorthwestTupelo Quarterly, Diagram, 32 Poems, The Kenyon Review, and The Sewanee Review, and her work has been featured on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily. She has been awarded fellowships to attend both the Sewanee and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences and was a 2013-2014 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University. In 2018, she participated in a Banff Research in Culture Residency called Beyond Anthropocene and collaborated with artists and scholars to create the Almanac for the Beyond (Tropic Editions, 2019). She is currently an Assistant Professor at Ball State University

Noah Falck is a poet and educator. He was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, and attended the University of Dayton. He is the author of the poetry collections Exclusions (Finalist for the 2020 Believer Book Award) and Snowmen Losing Weight as well as several chapbooks including You Are In Nearly Every Future and Celebrity Dream Poems. He co-edited the anthology My Next Heart: New Buffalo Poetry, and has received fellowships from the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, The Ohio State University, and Antioch Writers’ Workshop. His poetry has appeared in Kenyon Review, Literary Hub, Ploughshares, Poetry Daily,, and has been anthologized in Poem-A-Day 365 Poems for Every Occasion. For ten years, he taught elementary school, and currently spends his summers mentoring young writers as a faculty member in the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop. Now living in Buffalo, New York, he works as Education Director at Just Buffalo Literary Center and curates the Silo City Reading Series, a multimedia poetry series inside a 130-foot high abandoned grain elevator.

Geoffrey Gatza is an award winning editor, publisher and poet. He is the driving force behind BlazeVOX, a small press in Buffalo, NY and was named by the Huffington Post as one of the Top 200 Advocates for American Poetry. He is the author many books of poetry, including A Dog Lost in the Brick City of Outlawed Trees, (Mute Canary 2018) Apollo (BlazeVOX 2014) and HouseCat Kung Fu: Strange Poems for Wild Children (Meritage 2009). Most recently his work has appeared in FENCE and Tarpaulin Sky. His play on Marcel Duchamp was staged in Philadelphia and performed in NYC.

Kyle McCord is the author of five books of poetry including National Poetry Series Finalist Magpies in the Valley of Oleanders. His work has been featured in AGNI, Boston Review, Crazyhorse, Harvard Review, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly and elsewhere.

Preeti Kaur Rajpal grew up in California’s San Joaquin Valley. She first began writing as a student of June Jordan in her Poetry for the People program. Preeti’s work can be found in Spook Magazine, Jaggery Lit, Blueshift Journal, Tupelo Quarterly, Lantern Review, and other publications. She is anthologized in Orison Books’ poetry anthology The World I Leave You: Asian American Poets Speak on Faith and Spirit and Blue Oak Press’ forthcoming poetry anthology They Rise Like a Wave: An Anthology of Asian American Women Poets. Her work is supported by The Loft Literary Center’s Mentor Series in Prose and Poetry, Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Incubator, Writing by Writers, Fine Arts Work Center, Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, Metro Regional Arts Council, Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Jerome Foundation. She is a 2019-2020 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow in Literature. She will be a Djerassi Artist Resident and Storyknife Artist Resident in 2021. Her debut poetry manuscript has been accepted for publication by a small independent press.

Cutter Streeby is an entrepreneur and holds an MA in English literature from King’s College, London and a Master’s in poetry from the University of East Anglia. He has poetry and translations in many journals including LitMag, The Cincinnati Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review and more.

Jeff Streeby is an American poet and haibunist. He received his MFA in Poetry from New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire. Streeby is an Associate Editor at OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L).

Kelly Weber’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Brevity, The Missouri Review, Tupelo Quarterly, DIAGRAM, Cream City Review,and elsewhere. Her work has received nominations for the Pushcart Prize. She holds an MFA from Colorado State University, where she served as an intern with Colorado Review. Her debut poetry collection is forthcoming from Tupelo Press. She lives in Colorado with two rescue cats. More of her work can be found at