2013 Chapbooks

These wonderful chapbooks won the 2013 CutBank Chapbook Contest. Each book is $10 or you can get all three for $25. All are available for purchase via our safe and secure online bookstore.


by Sean Bernard

2012 CutBank Books Chapbook Winner

Release date: February 27th 2013

“NUCLEAR is a “picture of a shadow,” and the shadow is America–its dreams, its self-delusions, public and private. Sean Bernard shows he understands the story of America as well as anyone now writing. His prose is splendid, as clean as the desert wind. He is canny, wise, and heart-breaking: a major talent just beginning to be heard from.”

Tracy Daugherty, four-time winner of the Oregon Book Award and founder of the Masters of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at Oregon State University.

“Sean Bernard’s voice is that of a perceptive, funny friend, telling secrets about anxiety and love and the places where the two intersect.”

~ Scott O’Connor, author of Untouchable, winner of the 2011 Barnes & Noble Discover Award.

Sean Bernard is a fiction writer who lives in southern California and teaches at the University of La Verne. A 2012 NEA Literary Fellow in Prose, his stories have appeared in many journals, including Quarterly WestSanta Monica ReviewIron Horse Literary Review, and Copper Nickel. His first novel, Studies in the Hereafter, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press.

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by Sandra Doller

Release date: February 27th 2013

“When you chop up the ice and a little piece of blood sticks to the blade, and you carry it home without knowing it then see the red when you are about to clean your skates, you realize it’s a little bit of someone’s long memory…a stranger’s memory but when you replay it on your microscope, it seems very familiar. You recognize it as a full fragment, an explosion, an heiress to James Joyce, but also, no, yes, it’s the ice skater Evgeni Plushenko performing his remembrance of Nijinsky on a circular rink, it’s Sandra Doller.”

~ Fannny Howe

Sandra Doller’s first two books, Oriflamme (2005) and Chora (2010), were both published by Ahsahta Press, and her third book is Man Years from Subito Press (2011). Her translation of Éric Suchère’s Mystérieuse won the 2012 Anomalous Press Chapbook Contest, selected by Christian Hawkey. A recipient of the Paul Engle-James Michener Fellowship, the Iowa Arts Fellowship and individual state artist awards, Doller completed her MA at the University of Chicago and her MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. The founder & editrice of 1913, Sandra has taught at alternative schools as well as Cornell College, Hollins, Boise State and California State University. After many many moves, she now lives in San Diego with man & dogs.

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by Kristin Hatch

Release date: February 27th 2013

“Kristin Hatch’s poems have a conversational swoosh. They appear funny; they are light on their feet. Her poems throw a house party, and the people who attend all know each other, have tangled histories. But she also extends a general welcome, ‘we’re all so everybody,’ and after all, we show up because these are the days of our lives. Underneath the quaintly leaking roof of this poetic abode, the poet is continually arranging cups and buckets that collect drips of disquiet, even menace. To read these poems is to knock over one of those buckets and see what spills out: surprise, wit, soap opera drama. Read at your own risk. Hatch writes, ‘it looks so easy,’ in one poem, but clarifies in another ‘how easy / it is to pull the trigger.’”

~ Elizabeth Robinson

Kristin Hatch is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her full-length book, the meatgirl whatever, won the 2012 National Poetry Series and is forthcoming from Fence Books. Her poems have appeared in various journals, including The Black Warrior ReviewForkliftOhio and The Indiana Review. She lives in San Francisco.

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