Codhill Poetry Chapbook Award Winner 2007

Michael Meyerhofer of Muncie, Indiana won the 2007 Codhill Poetry Chapbook Prize for his manuscript The Clay-Shaper’s Husband. He received $500 plus 50 copies. Winner of the Liam Rector First Book Prize for his poetry collection Leaving Iowa (Briery Creek Press, 2007) and author of three previous chapbooks, his work has appeared in Ploughshares, North American Review, Verse, Margie, and elsewhere.

Codhill Poetry Chapbook Award Winner 2008

Barry Sternlieb of Richmond, Massachusetts won the 2008 Codhill Poetry Chapbook Award for his manuscript Winter Crows. He received $500 plus 50 copies. Author of the poetry collection Thoreau’s Hat (Brooding Heron Press, 1994), his poems have appeared in many literary journals, including Alaska Quarterly Review, Beloit Poetry Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, Poetry, Poetry East, Poetry Northwest, The Southern Review, Tar River Poetry, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Wilderness. He is editor of Mad River Press, which specializes in handmade letterpress poetry chapbooks and prints.

Codhill Poetry Chapbook Award Winner 2009

Elizabeth Rees of Silver Springs, Maryland won the 2009 Codhill Poetry Chapbook Award for her manuscript Tilting Gravity. She received $500 plus 50 copies. Author of the award-winning poetry chapbooks Now That We’re Here (Spire Press, 2008), Hard Characters (March Street Press, 2002), and Balancing China (Sow’s Ear Press, 1998), her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Agni, Hanging Loose, Ironwood, Kenyon Review, Mid-American Review, New England Review, The North American Review, Partisan Review, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, Rattle, River Styx, Southern Poetry Review, and Third Coast. Elizabeth Rees has taught creative writing at the U.S. Naval Academy, Johns Hopkins, Howard University, Boston University, and Boston College. Currently, she works as a Poet-in-the-Schools for the Maryland State Arts Council and serves as a writing consultant to PBS/Scholastic.

Codhill Poetry Chapbook Award Winner 2010

Matthew Nienow of Port Townsend, Washington won the 2010 Codhill Poetry Chapbook Award for his manuscript The End of the Folded Map. He received $1,000 plus 50 copies. Author of poetry chapbooks The Smallest Working Pieces (Toadlily Press, 2009) and Two Sides of the Same Thing (Southeast Missouri State Press, 2007), his poems have appeared in numerous publications, including Atlanta Review, Best New Poets 2007, Cincinnati Review, Indiana Review, New England Review, Poet Lore, Prairie Schooner, and Willow Springs. Recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the University of Washington, and Seattle’s 4Culture, Matthew Nienow holds an MFA from the University of Washington, where he was the Lauren D. Milliman Fellow. He currently attends the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in preparation for opening his own boat shop.

Codhill Poetry Chapbook Award Winner 2011

Tom Boswell of Evansville, Wisconsin won the 2011 Codhill Poetry Chapbook Award for his manuscript Midwestern Heart. He received $1,000 plus 50 copies. Recipient of a poetry fellowship from Fishtrap in 2006, his work has appeared in Blue Earth Review, The Dos Passos Review, Front Range Review, Poet Lore, Potomac Review, Rattle, Sojourn, Wisconsin Academy Review, and elsewhere. Currently a grant writer in Madison, Wisconsin, Tom Boswell is also a freelance photographer and journalist.

Codhill Poetry Chapbook Award Winner 2012

Heather Cousins of Monroe, Georgia won the 2012 Codhill Poetry Chapbook Award for her manuscript Freeze. She received $1,000 plus 50 copies. Heather Cousins holds an AB in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College, an MA from the Writing Seminars of Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD in English and Creative Writing from the University of Georgia, where she also was a Park Postdoctoral Fellow. Author of Something in the Potato Room, winner of the 2009 Kore Press Book Award (selected by Patricia Smith), and a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, her poems have appeared in Alehouse, Blue Earth Review, Cave Wall, The Country Dog Review, Passages North, Permafrost, Pleiades, Southern Poetry Review, and elsewhere.