Cleveland State University Poetry Center

2011 First Book and Open Book Competition Results

We are happy to announce the results of this year’s Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book and Open Competition Award Result. 939 manuscripts were submitted to the two contests, each of which awards publication and a $1000 prize.

Scroll down for a complete list of runners-up and finalists

Winner of 2011 Cleveland State University First Book Prize, selected by Matthea Harvey forthcoming Spring 2012

S.E. Smith
I Live in a Hut
S.E. Smith holds degrees from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin and Carnegie Mellon University. She is the founding editor of OH NO magazine and her poems have appeared in Fence, jubilat, Best New Poets, and the Black Warrior Review, among others.

Winner of 2011 Cleveland State University Open Competition forthcoming Spring 2012

Jon Woodward
Uncanny Valley
Jon Woodward's previous books are Rain (Wave Books) and Mister Goodbye Easter Island (Alice James Books). He lives in Boston and works at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology. Please visit him at


Forthcoming in November of 2011

Sam Amadon
The Hartford Book
Samuel Amadon is the author of the poetry collection Like a Sea (Iowa, 2010). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, A Public Space, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Tin House, and elsewhere. He has received fellowships and scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He lives in Houston.

We would also like to recognize and congratulate the following runners-up and finalists.

First Book Competition Runners-Up: as selected by Matthea Harvey

Gale Marie Thompson, Sunderland, MA, Soldier

Rebecca Hazelton, Madison, WI, Fair Copy

Open Book Competition Runners-Up: as selected by Open Book Jury

Jason Bredle, Chicago, Illinois, Carnival
Jeffrey Skinner, Prospect, Kentucky, Glaciology

First Book Competition Finalists

J. Mae Barizo, New York, NY, The Cumulus
Emma Bolden, Georgetown, KY, Malificae
Anhvu Buchanan, San Francisco, CA, The Disorder

Adam Day, Louisville, KY, Before the War
John W. Evans, Stanford, CA, Young Widower
Hannah Gamble, Houston, TX, Your Invitation to a
   Modest Breakfast

Kimberly Grey, Jackson Heights, NY, The Opposite
   of Robot is Light

Eileen G’Sell, St. Louis, MO, Euphoria Takes One
   for the Team

Dan Gutstein, Washington, DC, Cent/R.I.P./et. al.
Kristin Hatch, San Francisco, CA, Sometimes My
   Arms Bend Back
Nicolas Hundley, Austin, TX, The Revolver in the
Lily Ladewig, Brooklyn, NY, The Silhouettes
Tanya Larkin, Somerville, MA, My Scarlet Ways
Dawn Lonsinger, Salt Lake City, UT, Whelm
Michael Loughran, Philadelphia, PA, Trouble

Sierra Nelson, Seattle, WA,The Lachrymose Report
Hannah Sanghee Park, Iowa City, IA, Word of
   [Thee], Worded by [The]
Jeffery Pethybridge, Austin, TX, Striven, the
   Bright Treatise
Brian Russell, Chicago, IL, Nights Under Water
Lauren Shapiro, Madison, WI, Easy Math
Paige Taggart, Brooklyn, NY, To People Who
   Sometimes Read

David Welch, Chicago, IL, Slow Weather Hymnal

Open Book Competition Finalists

Seth Abramson, Madison, WI, Thievery
Samuel Amadon, Houston, TX, The Hartford Book
Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, Williamstown, MA, A Slice
   from the Cake Made of Air

Shira Dentz, Salt Lake City, UT, How Do I Net Thee
Johannes Goransson, Mishawaka, IN, Haute
Noah Eli Gordon, Denver, CO, 63 Problems
Endi Bogue Hartigan, Portland, OR, Chorus
Christopher Janke, Greenfield, MA, Blepharism
Christopher Janke, Greenfield, MA, Psalterium
Charles Jensen, Silver Springs, MD, Nanopedia:
   The Smallest American Reference
Daniel Khalastchi, Milwaukee, WI, Tradition
Ruth Ellen Kocher, Boulder, CO, Goodbye Lyric:
   55 gigans & five notes
Andrew Kozma, Houston, TX, How to Escape from
   a Hotel on Fire

Sarah Messer, Wilmington, NC, Flower of the
   Standard Talking Machine
Danielle Pafunda, Laramie, WY, The Dead Girls
   Speak in Unison
Jean-Paul Pecqueur, Brooklyn, NY, X-ray
Rebecca Reynolds, Highland Park, NJ, A Peril
Peter Jay Shippy, Jamaica Plain, MA, The
   Crocodilist and Other Panics