We are pleased to announce Austin Sanchez-Moran as the winner of our 4th Annual Chapbook Competition. Final judge, Tyree Daye, selected his chapbook manuscript, Rhinocerotica along with runner up, Chris Slaughter’s manuscript, How to Hurt. Pre-ordering for both chapbooks is available!
Final Judge’s Comments:
“The poems in Rhinocerotica are inventive yet tender. In the end, I do not know if I am the rhino, and the poems want me to see my larger connection with the world—or, if the rhino is made human, so I, a human, will pay attention, and so I fail the earth once again. In these poems, the Rhino is an “I” and an “I” in a rhino’s body. Taking from Dorothea Lasky, these poems are “so close to a self (or the self)—and so far away from it at the same time—that the reader can’t help but see a real self in it.” These poems are full of magic and everydayness made brilliant by the rhino. I love the work the chapbook makes me do.”
“How to Hurt” is skillful and clever and magical! Wrought with figurative language and lyrically engaging storytelling, the poems traverse the complexities of urban family life with anguish, humor, self-therapy, and more. How to Hurt is dense from beginning to end. It is inspiring.”
Both titles will be released late summer 2022. You can pre-order copies via the following PayPal links:
The Backbone Press Chapbook Competition is funded, in part, by the Durham Arts Council.