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Winner of the Jonathan Holden Poetry Chapbook Contest

Laura Read’s Comments for selecting this chapbook:

I admire the way this collection is organized in three sections: Ground Control, Breathing Space, and Outer Space, and how the space motif, emphasized by the opening epigraph from Carl Sagan, provides unity for this collection. This unity is also created through the repetition and alternation of various themes, including memories of childhood, snapshots of a marriage, and elegies for friends lost, children not had, time going by. Each poem is well-crafted with attention to imagery, so I felt like I was a part of the speaker’s world; for example, in one of my favorite poems in the collection, “Living Below Sea Level,” the speaker describes their longing for hurricanes for “that chance/ to masking tape our windows in ‘Xs’,” which is such an exact image that captures a child’s mind and the experience of living in a particular place. I also love the poem’s ending: “So often, though, no winds/ ruptured palm fronds, no storm eye quieted, no school/ got cancelled, in spite of our loyalty, our sacrifice,/ our willingness to monitor, that taping and alarm naught,/ our only celebration some early morning chocolate milk/ and extra bowls of Alpha Bits.” These lines capture something I really like in this book: each poem is a small moment that contains something bigger when observed and described closely, a small piece of orbital debris.

Weight explores what it is like to matter in a physical sense—we step on a scale and a number represents us—and to matter in ways that defy measuring. What forces tie us to our loved ones and to our existence? In this volume, Fran Schumer addresses those questions in direct and always readable prose. In embracing what is free in herself, in her children and on our planet, she reminds us that we do matter. All of us have weight.

Glacial Hills Review, Summer 2022

Tammy BarnardSteve BrisendineMary BruceRegina BuccolaJulia BurkeMichael CannistraciAlyssa CarradJim DanielsSusan DonahueJeffrey FeingoldFrank William FinneyGeorge FreekCarol HamiltonDuane L. HerrmannLydia Host & Sky SemenekSusan JohnsonKate LaDewDave LarsenVic LarsonG.T. LyonsMiriam ManglaniShannon MarzellaBob McNeilLorraine PancieraDave PowellMichael RiordanAlix Shepard SchultePatty SomloPam VapBuff Whitman-BradleyHenry Lansing Woodward

Coneflower Cafe, Spring 2022

Carolyn AdamsCathy BarberRiley BennettChuck BoyerSteve BrisendineKaryn M. BruceEric BurgoyneLily CamdenDeniqua CampbellLorraine CaputoYuan ChangmingElizabeth ChellMark ClarkeG.W. CliftMarion Deutsche CohenDouglas K. CurrierBrian DaldorphWilliam DergeRebecca T. DickinsonJames FowlerElizabeth GauffreauWendy GermainGreg GolleyWendy GouineK.J. Hannah GreenbergJohn GreyRoger HartJ.L. HiggsLenore HirschE.H. JacobsKate KrautkramerMarty KuglerLee LandauEleanor LermanSheryl LoefflerJacquelyn MarkhamJoseph D. MiloschG.M. MonksCecil Morrisayaz daryl nielsenDan O'ConnellLorraine PancieraMarge PiercyKenneth PoboDave PowellStephanie PritchardAnn PrivateerTom RaithelCarlos ReyesStan Sanvel RubinFran SchumerHillary Smith-MaddernCharles SourceJames T. StemmleMara ThygesonVincent J. TomeoSheridan TurtonBrad VickersMarilyn WhitehorseAndrea ZawinskiLynn Zhang

Contributors to Coneflower Cafe

Spring 2021

Christine AndersenL. Shapley BassenKaryn M. BruceBelinda BrunerJennifer CampbellJames CooperDaniel CoshnearBrian DaldorphDavid DillDeborah H. DoolittleFrancis FernandesJohn GreySheryl GuterlCarol HamiltonRajah HillC.T. HolteDiane KendigEleanor LermanRichard MarrancaRoberta I. MayesKatharyn Howd MachanGary MetrasJohn Q. McDonaldK.A. McGowanGreg MogliaDave MorrisonTim J. MyersJennifer PhillipsDiana RaabZack RogowCarl ScharwathSharon SchollPatty SomloDon StinsonHilella WeberAlyson Gold WeinbergBuff Whitman-BradleyCheri WilliamsMadeline WiseMaryann Wolfe

Contributors to Glacial Hills Review

Summer 2021

David P. AndersonJenifer DeBellisDonna BecharZan BockesHarland CooperDeborah H. DoolittleAnna GiocondoJohn GreyRuth J. HeflinWill HemmerRajah HillPeter HugginsThomas JohnsonWilliam LuvaasTim Louis MacalusoKatharyn Howd MachanRoberta MayesJohn MeansGary MetrasLorraine PancieraRonald J. PeliasLori RobinsonEllen RogersRikki SanterMarian Kaplun ShapiroSherfar'atLauren SkaggsAloysius TiernanVincent J. TomeoHilella Weber

Contrib. to Rushing Thru the Dark

Autumn 2021

Rita AndersonGrey Atlas CreedL. Shapley BassenBonnie BilletApril BogartSteve BrisendineB.J. BuckleyKylie ChesserRick ChristmanJames P. CooperJane CostainGeorge FreekMikki GilletteRuth J. HeflinGeorge HeldJoanne HoldridgePaul HostovskyDavid JamesArya F. JenkinsLouise KantroJudy KlassJohn LawsonMiriam ManglaniEd MeekGary MetrasPeter NemenoffSherrie PestaCharles RammelkampWilliam RouthierStraton RushingSydney ShafferShoshauna ShyMargaret D. StetzBeverly StrouseMara ThygesonMark VogelLeon VolkEmily WeltyBuff Whitman-BradleyYvonne


Derick Burleson Poetry Prize

Tim Louis Macaluso for "Missing Jeans"

Alyson Gold Wieinberg for "Dieffenbachia"

Ben Nyberg Fiction Award

John Q. McDonald for "The Spike"

Phil Heldrich NonFiction Award

Ellen Rogers for "Human Contact"

Susan Hansell Drama PRIZE

Sherrie Pesta for "Beach Umbrella"

Mary Cassatt Art Award

Leon Volk for "High Plains, Fall Colors"



Christine AndersenSteven BrisendineBJ BuckleyBrian DaldorphFrancis FernandesCarol HamiltonDiane KendigKatharyn Howd MachanMiriam ManglaniGary MetrasArya F. JenkinsSharon SchollBuff Whitman-BradleyDeborah H. DoolittleJohn GreyZack Rogow



Madeline Wise

Eleanor Lerman


Lauren SkaggsZan Bockes


Peter NemenoffJudy Klass


April BogartHarland CooperMarty KuglerRoberta MayesLorraine PancieraCarl ScharwathBeverly StrouseMara ThygesonCheri Williams