Exploring the Edges of Contemporary Poetry

2023 Award for New Poets Winner: “Twelve Thousand Pounds of Salt” by Ira Goga

We are thrilled to present the 2023 Award for New Poets first place winner, Ira Goga, selected by guest judge torrin a. greathouse! Here’s what our judge had to say about the winning poem: “Reading ‘Twelve Thousand Pounds of Salt,’…

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Poetry: “My trust issues began in 2015 when the NY Knicks drafted Kristaps Porzingis” by Kenny Bradley

“during the 22’ NBA draft my ex trades away my heart, like child who trades away mother /packed lunch for roll of oreos missing the notes that say ‘I love you’” Ever wonder what happens when sports and poetry meet?…

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Poetry: “my holy lineage” by Aly Acevedo

“the blacker the berry / you know how it goes / shit is sweet / like a crime / like you stole something from it” Sticky, sweet, and honest, Aly Acevedo utilizes family and the luscious imagery of fruit to…

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Read Our Award Winning Chapbooks

Opportunity Cost

read and download our 2021 Chapbook Contest winner

selected by Kazim Ali

// by Abby Johnson //


read and download our 2020 Chapbook Contest winner

selected by Carl Phillips

// by Frederick Speers //

Shadow Black

read and download our 2019 Chapbook Contest winner

selected by Jericho Brown

// by Naima Tokunow //

How Often I Have Chosen Love

read and download our 2018 Chapbook Contest winner

selected by Joshua Roark

// by Xiao Yue Shan //

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