2011-2015 Chester Sipple Poetry Award Winners

Some poems may contain explicit language.

2014

  • First Place, $400
    • Margaret Cipriano
      • "Night Prayer" 
      • "Language Affair" 
      • "This is how I will tell you goodbye" 
      • "Upon Musing with a Cup of Decent Coffee, I Find Myself Alone 
      • "July" 
  • Second Place, $200
    • Kelsey Phillis
      • "Mother I remember" 
      • "Things I Never" 
      • "She's riding her bike in a circular fashion" 
      • "Porphyria's Response" 
      • "deathbed confessions from mary, mother of god" 
  • Third Place, $100
    • Sarah McMahon
      • "Blue Collar Blues
      • "Upon Swallowing" 
      • "I asked the moon to marry me"
      • "This Poem Belongs in Purgatory" 
      • "I Wanted Scandinavian" 
  • Finalists: Andrew Benson, Mariah Cunningham, Christian Lyon, Nichole Pientka, Kelsey Robb

14 Sipple Winners

2013

  • First Place, $400
    • Angela Dragoo:
      • "To my chest" 
      • "The Space Between" 
      • "Dying to be perfect" 
      • "Brainstorm" 
      • "Freudian Slips" 
  • Second Place, $200
    • Andrew Benson:
      • "To The Things We Cast Away" 
      • "Written on the Bathroom Stall" 
      • "Karma for the Global Economy" 
      • "My Wife's Pubic Hair" 
      • "The Night He Punched His Boss" 
  • Co-Third Place, $50
    • Jesse Wesso & Stuart Boyd:
      • "What poetry has done for me" (Wesso) & "Barney and an Airbrushed Elvis Pillow" (Boyd) 
      • "Dumping the Car" (Wesso) & "Midwestern Belle Epoque" (Boyd) 
      • "20 Degree Paradise" (Boyd) & "Peacocking for Josephine" (Wesso) 
      • "Harp the Arrow" (Boyd) & "Esperanto" (Wesso) 
      • "Alarmed/Windows" (Wesso) & "When the homeschooled kid gets crabs" (Boyd) 
  • Finalists: Maggie Cipriano and Brittany Johnson

2012

  • First Place, $300
    • Kelsey Seeber:
      • "First Breath" 
      • "Lullaby" 
      • "Cello" 
      • "Act of Breathing" 
      • "A Reunion of Twins" 
    • Second Place, $100
      • Chris Poore: 
        • "The Attic" 
        • "Burying Michael" 
        • "Best By" 
        • "The Last Years" 
        • "Coffee and Freeways" 
    • Third Place, $50
    • Finalists: Andrew Benson, Adam Kerner, Zoe Lohman, Kyle Nagel, Marie Smith

    2011

    • Co-First Place Winners - Tyler Emken & Catherine Geraghty:
      • Tyler Emken: 
        "Super Connected" 
        "Preta" 
        "Honestly: A Fabrication in Six Tercets"
        "How I Made My Millions" 
        "Emergency & I"
      • Catherine Geraghty: 
        "
        What is this skin holding me in?" 
        "Music & Movement"
        "Elephants/Peanut Shells" 
        "To my Pointe Shoes" 
        "Epreuve non-alimentaires - the love story of Ana and Mia, the Ballerinas"
    • Co-Second Place Winners - Christine Beuhler & Adam Sondag:
      • Christine Beuhler: 
        "Once" 
        "Snow"
        "Hush" 
        "Blue"
        Untitled 
      • Adam Sondag: 
        "Why transients should not become tenants"  , 
        "Tectonic neural correlates and other pseudosciences" 
        "Tote" 
        "Condolences for your loss of artistic integrity" 
        "@TheStateofCulture" 
    • Finalists: Will Ankrum, Janice Gerlach, Samantha Parker, Grant Schubert, Kelsey Seeber, Curtis Teichert, Landen Zumwalt