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Announcing Spring 2021 Chapbook Prize Winner: Lily Someson

portrait of poet Lily Someson

We are so honored to announce our Spring 2021 Host Publications Chapbook Prize Winner: Lily Someson's Mistaken For Loud Comets.

Mistaken for Loud Comets is a collection of poems that seamlessly entwines experiences around incarceration, queerness, and the Black body in America. In this chapbook, Lily Someson leads us through the Indiana dunes, into dusk air as incarcerated men are beamed into the heavens, and into the rooms of a house she built around herself, creating “a world without confinement.” As a poet, Someson’s genius is in her fortitude—she embraces the storm with startling empathy, and offers up her most vulnerable moments alongside her most resolute proclamations of selfhood, claiming space on the page as if fighting for her birthright. While exploring the limits of identity, Someson lets Mistaken for Loud Comets be “everything/ all at once.”

Lily Someson (she/they) is a poet and essayist from Chicago. She has obtained a B.A. in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago and is a winner of the 2020 Eileen Lannan poetry prize with the Academy of American Poets. She has read at the Poetry Foundation’s Open Door Reading Series and has also been published/is forthcoming in Court Green, Queeriosity(Young Chicago Authors), and Columbia Poetry Review among others. She is currently a first-year Poetry MFA student at Vanderbilt University and an assistant poetry editor of the Nashville Review.

In addition to publication, Lily will receive $1,000, 25 copies of the published chapbook, national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion by our dedicated staff, and a virtual release party through Malvern Books.

Save The Date: Lily Someson's chapbook launch will February 2021.

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