We received a large number of chapbooks, and we were stunned by the quality of the submissions. It was difficult to chose among so many wonderful entries, but…
The winner of the 2012 Diode Editions Chapbook Contest is:
Bright Power, Dark Peace by Traci Brimhall & Brynn Saito
Traci Brimhall is the author of Our Lady of the Ruins (W.W. Norton, 2012), winner the Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Rookery (SIU Press, 2010), winner of the Crab Orchard Series First Book Award. Her poems have appeared in Kenyon Review, Slate, Ploughshares, and Best American Poetry. She’s received fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the King/Chávez/Parks Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Brynn Saito is the author of the poetry collection The Palace of Contemplating Departure, winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award from Red Hen Press (March, 2013). Her poetry has been anthologized by Helen Vendler and Ishmael Reed; it has also appeared or is forthcoming in Virginia Quarterly Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Ninth Letter, and Pleiades. She is the recipient of a Kundiman Asian American Poetry Fellowship and the Key West Literary Seminar’s Scotti Merrill Memorial Award. Brynn was born and raised in the Central Valley of California and currently lives and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area.
We will also be publishing:
A Concordance of Leaves by Philip Metres
Philip Metres has written a number of books, most recently the chapbook, abu ghraib arias (Flying Guillotine, 2011), winner of the 2012 Arab American Book Award, and To See the Earth (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2008). Other books include: Come Together: Imagine Peace (Bottom Dog Press, 2008), Behind the Lines: War Resistance Poetry on the American Homefront since 1941(University of Iowa Press, 2007), Catalogue of Comedic Novelties: Selected Poems of Lev Rubinstein (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2004), and A Kindred Orphanhood: Selected Poems of Sergey Gandlevsky (Zephyr Press, 2003). He is also the author of three other chapbooks, Ode to Oil (Kattywompus Press, 2011), Instants (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2006) and Primer for Non-Native Speakers (Wick Poetry Series, 2004). His poems and essays have appeared in Best American Poetry, and Inclined to Speak: Contemporary Arab American Poetry and in numerous journals and anthologies. His writing has garnered an NEA, a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, four Ohio Arts Council Grants, the Anne Halley Prize, the Arab American Book Award, and the Cleveland Arts Prize. He teaches literature and creative writing at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio.
The winning titles will be released at the AWP Conference in March, and will also be available here.
The finalists were:
The Scenery of Farewell (and Hello Again) by Joshua Poteat
Trace by Simone Muench
Celebrity Dream Poems by Noah Falck
The Future of Love by John Gallaher
Lodestar/Birthright by Brooklyn Copeland
inclined to riot by KMA Sullivan
-shire by Èireann Lorsung
Dirty South by Allison Pelegrin
Situation Normal by Rob MacDonald
Love is Blacker than Most by Nate Slawson