Cleveland State University Poetry Center

2013 First Book and Open Book Competition Results

We are happy to announce this year’s Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book and Open Competition Results. Over 700 manuscripts were submitted to our two contests, each of which awards publication and a $1000 prize.


Winner of the 2013 First Book Prize, selected by Tracy K. Smith, forthcoming Spring 2014

Chloe Honum
The Tulip-Flame

Chloe Honum is the recipient of a 2009 Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Poetry, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Kerouac House of Orlando, and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Honum was born in Santa Monica, California, and grew up in Auckland, New Zealand.


Winner of the 2013 Open Book Competition, forthcoming Spring 2014

Lesle Lewis
A Boot’s a Boot

Lesle Lewis is the author of Small Boat, winner of the 2002 Iowa Poetry Prize, Landscapes I and II, winner of the Alice James Books New York / New England Prize (now the Kinereth Gensler Award), and lie down too, winner of the 2006 Alice James Books Beatrice Hawley Award. She is a professor of creative writing at Landmark College.  


Selected for publication by Interim Director Frank Giampietro & named a runner-up for the First Book Competition by Tracy K. Smith, forthcoming Spring 2014

Lizzie Harris
Stop Wanting

Lizzie Harris was born on the Tohono O'odham reservation in southern Arizona and grew up in Philadelphia. Awarded the NYU Veterans Writing Workshop Fellowship, she taught creative writing to veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Her poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Carolina Quarterly, Painted Bride Quarterly, and Phantom Limb. She is a poetry editor for Bodega Magazine and lives in Brooklyn, NY.


We would also like to recognize and congratulate the following:

First Book Competition Runner-up: Lizzie Harris, Brooklyn, NY, Stop Wanting & finalists:
Anne Barngrover (Columbia, MO)
Bethany Carlson (New Haven, CT)
Kristen Case (Farmington, ME)
Weston Cutter (Ft. Wayne, IN)
Stephanie Ford (Los Angeles, CA)
Lauren Halderman (Iowa City, IA)
Graham Hillard (Hermitage, TN)
Elizabyth Hiscox (Kalamazoo, MI)
Paul Hlava (Brooklyn, NY)
Amorak Huey (East Grand Rapids, MI)
Jesse Lichtenstein (Atlanta, GA)
Janet McNally (Kenmore, NY)
Carley Moore (New York, NY)
Chloe Roberts (Brighton, MA)
Holly Simonsen (Salt Lake City, UT)
Jordan Soyka (New Orleans, LA)
Sara Talpos (Ann Arbor, MI)
Rebecca Wadlinger (Portland, OR)

Open Book Competition Runner-up: Chad Sweeney, Redlands, CA, White Martini of the Apocalypse  & finalists:
Lillian Bertram (Salt Lake City, UT)
Kate Braverman (Santa Fe, NM)
Erik Campbell (Bellevue, NE)
Elizabeth Chapman (Palo Alto, CA)
Nan Cohen (Van Nuys, CA)
Mark Cox (Wilmington, NC)
Jehanne Dubrow (Chestertown, MD)
Stevie Edwards (Ithaca, NY)
John Estes (Canton, OH)
Joanna Fuhrman (Brooklyn, NY)
Nina Lindsay (Oakland, CA)
Alessandra Lynch (Indianapolis, IN)
Miguel Murphy (West Hollywood, CA)
Danielle Pafunda (Laramie, WY)
Jean-Paul Pecqueur (Brooklyn, NY)
Peter Shippy (Jamaica Plain, MA) The Crocodilist
Valerie Wetlaufer (Salt Lake City, UT) Call Me by My Other Name
Corey Zeller (Erie, PA) That She Could Remember Something Other Than