Finalists

Our fifty poets from the 2020 anthology appear below. These fine poets are not eligible to submit work or be nominated for our 2021 edition. We will post our 2021 finalists on this page in late summer to early fall.

  • Threa Almontaser, "Hidden Bombs in My Coochie"
  • Aldo Amparán, "Thanatophobia"
  • Jasmine An, "Sports Science"
  • Desiree C. Bailey, "Orfeu Negro / Black Orpheus"
  • Kathleen Balma, "Lap Dance with No Ending"
  • Daniel Barnum, "Would I Change All I Know for Unknowing"
  • Caroline Parkman Barr, "For Some Time After"
  • Kaveh Bassiri, "Homecoming"
  • Mark Kyungsoo Bias, "And Now That I’m Done, I Give Him Back to You"
  • Mary Block, "After Rebmann and the Safari Collection Brochure"
  • Rachel Busnardo, "I Came From Beneath the Sea"
  • Rob Colgate, "Chicken Skewer"
  • Andrew Collard, "Badlands Flashback"
  • Leyla Çolpan, "Daughter Conditionals, or If Winters Were of Two Kinds"
  • Michaela Coplen, "Gate Control"
  • Colby Cotton, "Devotional"
  • Imani Davis, "Everything Must Go"
  • Steven Espada Dawson, "Salvation Sonnet"
  • Jai Dulani, "My Name"
  • Sara Elkamel, "Field of no Justice"
  • Liza Flum, "Nuptial Dive"
  • Benjamin Garcia, "Huitlacoche"
  • Benjamin Goldberg, "Dog-Head's Creation Story"
  • torrin a. greathouse, "Abecedarian Requiring Further Examination Before a Diagnosis Can be Determined"
  • Jackson Holbert, "Letter Sent to a Friend Who Frequently Requires Horses but Has None"
  • Andrew David King, "Untitled [Iowa field, three crosses]"
  • Zach Linge, "Fingers on a Gay Man"
  • Cameron Quan Louie, "Shaving before We Go to Visit Your Father "
  • Erin Marie Lynch, "St. Helens"
  • Thomas McGuire, "Four Ways of Looking at Magpie—A Most Becoming Bird"
  • Carling McManus, "To Eat An Ortolan"
  • Kelly McQuain, "The Moon in Drag"
  • Isabel Ries Neal, "All Winter"
  • Jae Nichelle, "Three Churches Burn in Louisiana"
  • Catherine Pond, "Forest Horse"
  • Paige Quiñones, "Aubade"
  • Cintia Santana, "Reign"
  • Johann Sarna, "Love"
  • Simon Shieh, "Kindness Comes Too Easily to Wicked Men"
  • Sophia Stid, "Apophatic Ghazal"
  • Dujie Tahat, "salat to be read from right to left"
  • Courtney Faye Taylor, "Grief for the Horizontal World"
  • Michael Torres, "All-American Mexican"
  • Tasia Trevino, "The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack"
  • Jesús I. Valles, "Gatorade, pepino y limon"
  • Troy Varvel, "Complete"
  • Michael M. Weinstein, "Anniversary"
  • Jim Whiteside, "Clock with Reverse Gears"
  • Jameka Williams, "My Sister Says"
  • Jessica Yuan, "Disorientation"

Updated Sept. 8, 2020.