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.
ANOTHER BRIGHT DEPARTURE by Joan Naviyuk Kane
About the Author:
Joan Naviyuk Kane’s other books and chapbooks of prose and poetry include The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife, Hyperboreal, The Straits, Milk 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
Weathermanic by James D'Agostino - 2017 CutBank Chapbook Contest Winner
James D'Agostino is the author of Nude With Anything (New Issues Press) and Slur Oeuvre, winner of the 2010 Diagram/New Michigan Chapbook Contest. His poems have appeared in CutBank, Forklift Ohio, TriQuarterly, Conduit, Third Coast, Indiana Review, and elsewhere.
"These poems are blood stains on the sky. D'Agostino tucks the cosmos in his back pocket, wears Missouri like a necktie noose, and sings the reader into a sugary hypnosis. Even his titles are miniature wooden horses: Culled from the Lull, The Superior Interior Temporal Gyrus. When he writes "any constellation is a tattoo on time" we feel ready to pump gas into whatever comes next, high octane, inflation or no. Weathermanic is aural wizardry, syllabic ministry, a fog machine of sonic undulation. As he insists, "To hell / with Hemingway. It's not the writer's job // to just go to the typewriter / and bleed. The job is not to / clot." And amen and amen, an ode to this omen." - Philip Schaefer, author of Bad Summon.
No Mark Spiral by Rainie Oet - 2017 CutBank Chapbook Contest Runner-Up
Rainie Oet is the author of With Porcupine, winner of the 2015 Ruby Irene Prize from Arcadia Press. You can find their work in The Adroit Journal, Bennington Review, Colorado Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, jubilat, Nashville Review, The Offing, Poetry Review, Radar Poetry, RHINO Poetry, Sycamore Review, and Waxwing, among other publications (some under the name Jacob Oet). They are an MFA candidate in Poetry at Syracuse University, where they were awarded the Shirley Jackson Prize in Fiction. Say hi at rainieoet.com.
"Rainie Oet's No Mark Spiral beckons the resonate ghosts in us nearer, even as it warns "Please don't visit me, please, please." Here memory is active and immersions are mutual. As Oet remarks, "I don't believe in ghosts. But if that makes you angry, then I do." So in these poems of playful and fraught intimacy, the shifting past becomes an evocative, riveting presence." - Michael Burkard, author of lucky coat anywhere.
Many Have Fallen by Haesong Kwon - 2017 CutBank Chapbook Contest Runner-Up
Haesong Kwon is from Incheon, Korea. He lives in Shiprock, New Mexico and teaches at Dine' College. His poems have appeared in Matter, Quarterly West, New Orleans Review, Eleven Eleven, Red Rock Review, CutBank, Columbia Poetry Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Oxford Magazine, and Mid-American Review.
"Haesong Kwon's Many Have Fallen is a powerful and careful chapbook of poems that not only, linguistically, "stand still" like their author in "a stream that's fast," they build their stamina with their generative tenacity and metaphorical sweep. Poems build on their brevity yet store a cumulative and cultural poignancy tuning in to "what the mountains convey." And it's precisely because they politicize the pastoral, the mountainous, the clouds (which are vanishing). It is a gift to find Kwon's poems. - Prageeta Sharma, author ofUndergloom.