Sundog Poetry Book Award

The Sundog Poetry Book Award for a first or second book of poetry is open to any Vermont resident. The winning manuscript is published in partnership with Green Writers Press. And the winner is . . .

Julia C. Alter | Photo by Karen Pike

2023 Winner: Julia C. Alter for Some Dark Familiar

I was drawn to this book for its singular voice and remarkable tonal control. Each poem has an intensity and a sense of risk that makes the stakes immediately feel palpable and real. Some Dark Familiar is filled with poems that are hard to turn away from, and the feeling it evokes lingers long after each reading.

Matthew Olzmann, Final Judge

Runners Up

Ben Aleshire for Poems for Bystanders
Partridge Boswell for Ensō Carousel

2023 Final Judge: Matthew Olzmann

Matthew Olzmann is the author of Constellation Route as well as two previous collections of poetry: Mezzanines and Contradictions in the Design. A recipient of fellowships from Kundiman, MacDowell, and the National Endowment for the Arts, Olzmann’s poems have appeared in the New York Times, Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Prizes, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. He is an assistant professor at Dartmouth College and also teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

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