We are pleased to announce the winners of the
2017 CutBank Chapbook Contest!


WINNER
Weathermanic by James D'Agostino

About the Author:                                                                                                    James D'Agostino is the author of Nude With Anything (New Issues Press) and Slur Oeuvre, winner of the Diagram/New Michigan Prize. His poems have appeared in CutBank, Forklift Ohio, Conduit, Third Coast, TriQuarterly, Indiana Review, and elsewhere. He's an Associate Professor of English at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. 

What Our Judges Say: 
"There is a playful, sonic mastery to these poems, full of life and wonder. Each word, image, poem lands with rich humanity." - Bryn Agnew
 

 

 

RUNNERS-UP

No Mark Spiral by Jacob Oet

About the Author:                                                                                                                                                 Jacob Oet's chapbook, With Porcupine, won the 2015 Ruby Irene Prize from Arcadia Press. Their work appears in Colorado ReviewThe Poetry ReviewThe Adroit JournalHarpur Palate, and other journals. They are an MFA candidate in poetry at Syracuse University. 

What Our Judges Say:                                                                                                                                                                                                         "These poems have a trailing gaze--one that seems hell-bent on moving from one moment to the next, but one that simultaneously lingers, that keeps looking over its shoulder, seized by nostalgia. "What if I could leave my shadow in the ice?" the poet writes. With No Mark Spiral, Jacob Oet has created a collection that casts a sticky, long-lasting shadow." - Lauren Korn

 

 

Many Have Fallen by Haesong Kwon

About the Author:                                                                                                                                                                                                             Haesong Kwon is from Incheon, Korea. His poems appear in Matter, Eleven Eleven, Columbia Poetry Review, Louisville Review, Redivider and others. He lives in Tsaile, Arizona and teaches at Dine' College.

What Our Judges Say:                                                                                                                                                                                                                   "These finely wrought poems contrast traditional imagery with an undercurrent that is very much in the present. This chapbook invites the reader to contemplate all the ways that war has affected Korea. Devastating and brilliant." - Emma Pfeiffer

"This poet is able to play with language while maintaining a seriousness of subject. These poems are quickly read but slow to simmer, to process."  - Lauren Korn

 

 

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Sore Songs by Heather June Gibbons

There's No Excuse For What I Am by Joel Wayne

Touching Lungs by Sasha Smith


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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.


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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.