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Bateau is happy to announce the winner of the 2017 KEEL Chapbook Contest:  Grief is the Only Thing that Flies by Laura Wetherington.

Final judge, Arielle Greenberg, loved all the manuscripts but she felt Grief “was the one that felt most urgent, most engaged in the current political moment, most in conversation with a larger community… I really loved it a lot.

Grief is the Only Thing that Flies will be published by Bateau Press in March of 2018.

Laura Wetherington’s first book, A Map Predetermined and Chance (Fence Books), was selected by C.S. Giscombe for the National Poetry Series. She’s a feature writer for the University of Arizona Poetry Center, a reviewer at Full Stop, and the poetry editor at Baobab Press. Laura co-edits with Hannah Ensor and teaches in Sierra Nevada College’s low-residency MFA program.


Thank you to everyone who submitted manuscripts.  We had over two hundred entries, a whole lot of good writing, and a crazy debate over who the finalists would be.  Thank you all for hanging out with us!

Here are the 2017 KEEL Chapbook Finalists:

Grief is the Only Thing that Flies   Laura Wetherington

Panic Dance   Tara Roeder

Coma of the Comet   Caroline Cabrera

 Sparrow Pie   Katie Quinnelly

The Parachutist   Joe Fletcher

Dreambreath   Kate Haake

Premium Brawn   Spencer Silverthorne

No Good for Digging   Dustin Hoffman

Paris By Night   Kevin Tosca