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2016 Winner

Coming Fall 2017

We are proud to announce that the Winner of the 2016 Concrete Wolf Chapbook Competition has been selected by our final judge, Christopher J. Jarmick. This year's winner is Carla Kirchner of Springfield, MO, for her manuscript The Physics of Love.

Christoper Jarmick says of this manuscript: "There is a seamless blend of images, metaphors and personal insights in many of the poems that reveal a poet with a unique and distinctive voice. The poems are well crafted, balanced, interesting, revealing, and relate-able. Some have humor, others embrace an accepted sadness (and a few offer a combination of both). I enjoyed every poem and in many discovered something new with every read. I look forward to reading them again in the near future and believe this collection should be available for others to discover and enjoy. "


The Physics of Love is all about connection, the starstuff that intertwines mother and child, soul and stone, and the living and the dead–‘all of us spinning against each other in the dark’ and ‘bumping into God’ while we’re at it. With surprising imagery and fearless spirituality, Kirchner blurs the border between heaven and earth, delighting us with its gorgeous heartaches and mysteries. A dazzling debut worthy of savoring again and again.”

—Tania Runyan, author of What Will Soon Take Place: Poems and How to Write a Poem

Excerpt from The Physics Of Love

The Law of Inertia

We are taking the piano apart,
no longer willing to drag it from place to place.
The “A” below middle “C” is stubbornly silent.
I barely remember the lessons or the way
my fingers cupped all that music,

Together, we remove the lid.  

Together, we heave out its heart and all
its delicate hammers like so many broken fingers.
Each snipped string recoils with regret
until there is nothing left to do but lug it to the curb.

“Perhaps we should keep it,” you say.
But how, with all that history between us,
the bench in pieces on the dining room floor,
the keys already scattered to the snow?
The Physics of Love


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2nd Place: Glenn Freeman
3rd Place: John Stupp
4th Place: Gail C. DiMaggio
5th Place (tie): C.W. Emerson
5th Place (tie): Ruth Moon Kempher
Drinking with O’Hara
Lunch Hour
Woman Prime
The Impossible Time
scallops and lion paws
Lauren K. Alleyne
Marri Champié
Lois Levinson
Katharyn Howd Machan
David Meischen
Peter Schireson
Sharon Scholl
Penelope Scambly Schott
Dennis Trujillo
Martin Willits Jr.
(Un)Becoming Gretel
Hard Rime
November Nests
Her Small Feet, Her Red Fur
Before and After
And Counting
Ghost Years
Singing On Top Of Dufur Hill
Running Shirtless in Clustered Hills
There Is a Rawness We Do Not Understand
Luanne Castle
Earl Cooper
Jerome Gagnon
Michael S. Glaser
Red Hawk
Judith Hemschemeyer
James Hudson
Betsy M. Hughes
Yoni Hammer-Kossoy
Gary Lark
Fran Markover
Christa Pandey
Marzelle Robertson
Russell Rowland
Kenneth Schexnayder
Suzanne Simmons
Christine Strevinsky
Parker Towle
Elizabeth Vignali & Kami Westhoff
Cassondra Windwalker
Paula Anne Yup
Honorable Mention
Pamela Ahlen
Dianne Avey
Abra Bertman
Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee
Laura J. Bobrow
Stephanie Brown
Temple Cone
Pam Davenport
Stacy W. Dixon
Barbara Drake
Frederick J. Falls
Sandra Fees
Aaron Fischer
Suzanne Freeman
D.G Geis
Howard Gershkowitz
Flora T. Higgins
Darla Himeles
Marianna Hofer
Jamie Houghton
Ramona Itule-Patigian
Kate Kingston
Jerome Knapczyk
Rose Knapp
John Laue
Ralph J. Long Jr.
Nan Lundeen
Greg W. Lyons
John Miller
Catherine Moore
Kristina Mottla
Jed Myers
Anita Nahal
David Olsen
Ethan Pennington
Karen Pickell
Deborah Phelps
Karl Plank
James Plath
Amanda Preston
Claudia Putnam
Melissa Rendlen
Mindela Ruby
Heidi Seaborn
Alec Solomita
Linda Stryker
Zoë Brigley Thompson
Peggy Trojan
Karen Vande Bossche
Jeff Walt
Sarah Brown Weitzman
Mary-Sherman Willis
Mary Winslow