We’re happy to announce the winner and finalists of the 2023 Cowles Poetry Prize. We had a ton of fantastic entries, and our readers worked tirelessly to read all of your wonderful work and help us pick a list of finalists and, ultimately, our winner. Here are the results:
Shapeshifter by James K. Zimmerman
James K. Zimmerman is an award-winning, neurodivergent writer, frequently a Pushcart Prize nominee. His poetry appears in Chautauqua, december, Folio, Lumina, Nimrod, Pleiades, Rattle, Reed, Salt, andVallum, among many other publications, and is also featured on websites such as The Poetry Foundation, American Life in Poetry, and Vallum. He is the author of “Little Miracles” (Passager Books), “Family Cookout” (Comstock Press Books – winner of the Jessie Bryce Niles Prize), and “The Further Adventures of Zen Patriarch Dōgen” (The Poetry Box). He resides at the crepuscular edge between this universe and the one next door, often with one foot in each, and, in his spare time, cultivates roses, orchids, and paradoxical questions. He can be contacted at https://jameskzimmerman.net.
Villain(era) by John Andrews
Vigil by Mary Ardery
What Can I Do For You Poems? by Jessica Barksdale
Negotiable Gods by Gaylord Brewer
That Night by Craig Cotter
The Sleeves of My Kimono by Saidah Kamaria
Interior Weather by Avren Keating
Old Testament New Jersey by Jessica de Koninck
Berry and the Bee by Sheila Dietz
Cruise Ship by Nino McQuown
Many Persons Faces Covered Over by Sage Ravenwood
Thinandflyingdress by Kymberly Taylor
Thank you all for your time and patience.