We are pleased to announce the winners of the
2018 CutBank Chapbook Contest!


Don't Give Up on Alan Greenspan by Soma Mei Sheng Frazier

About the Author: 
Soma Mei Sheng Frazier is an East Coast native living in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she recently served as a San Francisco Library Laureate. Her previous fiction chapbooks—Salve (Nomadic Press) and Collateral Damage: A Triptych (RopeWalk Press)—earned praise from Nikki Giovanni, Daniel Handler, Antonya Nelson, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Molly Giles, Michelle Tea and others. Frazier’s writing has placed in literary competitions offered by HBO, Zoetrope: All-Story, Glimmer Train, the Mississippi Review and more. A professor who has taught in environments ranging from a New York prison to an Oakland, California charter school, Frazier is nose-to-grindstone on novel revisions.


The Runners Up


What You Have Left Is Me by Kat Williams

About the Author:                                                                                                                                                
Kat Williams is a non-binary writer living in Austin, TX. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in Autostraddle, Geez Magazine, The Hysterical Rag, CutBank's All Accounts and Mixture, and Buddy. a lit zine. They received their MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Wyoming. 




About the Author:                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Joan Naviyuk Kane’s other books and chapbooks of prose and poetry include The Cormorant Hunter’s WifeHyperborealThe StraitsMilk Black Carbon, A Few Lines in the Manifest, and Sublingual. She is a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow. Kane was a Harvard National Scholar, and the recipient of a graduate Writing Fellowship from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Inupiaq with family from King Island and Mary’s Igloo, she raises her children as a single mother in Anchorage, Alaska.


honeypot, Brenna Womer

quat swan, Kirstin Ihns

Diastema, Elegy and Bone, Billie Tadros

Making the Tongue Dry, Jen Soriano

Lived Hidden, M Bender


Previous Chapbooks

little violences

by Raven Jackson

2016 CutBank Chapbook Winner

Release date:  February 2017

About the Author: A native of Tennessee, Raven Jackson is a poet and filmmaker currently attending New York University’s Graduate Film Program. A Cave Canem fellow and a graduate of the New School’s Writing Program, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in TriQuarterlyCALYXKweliPhantom LimbPANK, and elsewhere. She's currently in post-production on her fourth short film.


Variation on Testimony

by Lisa Hiton

2016 CutBank Chapbook runner-up

Release date:  February 2017

About the Author: Lisa Hiton is a poet and filmmaker from Chicago, Illinois. She holds an M.F.A. in poetry from Boston University and an M.Ed. in Arts in Education from Harvard University. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in LinebreakLambda LiteraryThe Paris-AmericanProdigal, and Hayden’s Ferry Review among others. Her first book has been a finalist or semi-finalist for the New Issues Poetry Prize, the Brittingham & Felix Pollack Poetry Prize, the Crab Orchard Review first book prize, and the YesYes Books open reading period. She has received the AWP WC&C Scholarship, the Esther B. Kahn Scholarship from 24Pearl Street at the Fine Arts Work Center, and two nominations for the Pushcart Prize. She is a contributing interviewer at Cosmonaut’s Avenue.