The 2021 Award For New Poets — Winners and Finalists!
Congratulations to the talented emerging poet Chibuihe Obi Achimba, winner of the 2021 Award for New Poets, and a sincere thanks to everyone who submitted. Thank you, also, for your patience while we reviewed all the extraordinary work. Chibuihe Obi Achimba has been selected for the $3000 prize by a panel of rising poets Mai Der Vang, Andrés Cerpa, and Rosebud Ben-Oni. Samuel Piccone is our 2nd place winner, and Emily Hyland our third. We are so excited to share their work with you this January!
Chibuihe Obi Achimba
“a sonnet: a slaughter field”
To be published on January 11, 2022
Chibuihe Obi Achimbagrew up in Southeastern Nigeria. He is a poet, essayist, LGBTQ+ activist, and was the 2019 Harvard University Scholar-at-Risk fellow and a visiting poet in the Department of English. His writings have been published or featured in The New York Times, Guernica Magazine, Harvard Review, and elsewhere. He was a finalist for the Gerald Kraak Award and served as the 2020 Summer Visiting Artist at the Oregon Institute for Creative Research. He is currently an MFA student at Brown University where he is working on a poetry collection and a memoir.
To be published on January 12, 2022
Samuel Piccone is the author of the chapbook Pupa (Anhinga Press, 2018). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications including, Sycamore Review, Passages North, Denver Quarterly, and The Pinch. He received an MFA in poetry from North Carolina State University and serves on the poetry staff at Raleigh Review. Currently, he resides and teaches in Nevada.
“Ashes Arts and Crafts”
To be published on January 13, 2022
Emily Hyland’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Apple Valley Review, armarolla, Belle Ombre, Belletrist Magazine, The Brooklyn Review, Mount Hope Magazine, Neologism Poetry Journal, Sixfold, Palette Poetry, and more. A restauranteur and English professor from New York City, she received her MFA in poetry and her MA in English education from Brooklyn College. Her cookbook, Emily: The Cookbook, was published by Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House, in 2018. She is a member of the Community of Writers and studies writing with Mirabai Starr. Emily is the cofounder of the national restaurant groups Pizza Loves Emily and Emmy Squared Pizza.
The Finalists Are
Julia Anna Morrison
The Poets on the Longlist Are
Ari Gtz Scz
Carolann Caviglia Madden
Leonel Sanchez Lopez
Shirley Jones Luke