2021 Poetry Chapbook Contest Winner
The winner of the 2021 Poetry Chapbook Contest is Stevie Subrizi, for their chapbook “Alone and Naked inside of a Whale”, selected by Dustin Pearson. Congratulations, Stevie!!
Judge’s comments about the winning collection:
In Alone and Naked inside of a Whale, readers are led along in an examination of perilousness and absurdity in a world in which “we are to imagine the patriarchal cis-heteronormative nuclear family structure, along with capitalism, as natural law.” The speaker, whose “body had been thrown into jeopardy” and whose “mother no longer recognized it and would not take it into her protection,” undertakes a transformative journey toward personal liberation and away from such realms and resolves, a journey that contends with erasure, other imposed human compression, and the moments that might evade those. Somehow, these poems convey gravity and reality with incredible generosity and humor. I laughed and was moved alongside this speaker such that I think I wanted to claim myself back from exhaustion and the encouraged dissociation, to keep time similarly sharp and vivid.
Stevie Subrizi is a genderqueer poet and singer-songwriter in Allston, Massachusetts. They are a former co-host of the Boston Poetry Slam while its home was the Cantab Lounge. They have recorded two full-length albums and several EPs, including Nightstands, released in February 2021. Their cat Rebe is the youngest ordained rabbi in New England history.
Follow them on Twitter: @StevieSubrizi.