Chickadee Chaps & Broads’ Third Annual 
Letterpress Broadside Contest Winner

Chickadee Chaps & Broads is pleased to announce the winner of the 2015 Vermont Poetry Broadside Contest is Samn Stockwell of Montpelier, VT.

Ms. Stockwell’s poem, “Bridle” was selected by Vermont Poet, Mary Ruefle.

Ms. Ruefle said, “I love this poem because in it we encounter a living, breathing voice, a unique and genuine freshness—it feels alive—and for how it employs language that is both “clutched and diffuse,” the odd, intense, ravishing lyricism of the third stanza set against the scratchy, plain-spoken narrative of the rest. All of these things result in a poem of believable struggle, one the reader can respond to in an instant.”

Samn Stockwell will receive five copies of her signed and numbered limited edition Broadside, handset and letterpress printed at May Day Studio, and illustrated by Vermont Arts Council award-winner Gabriel Tempesta. She will also receive a complimentary three- night stay at the Writer’s Retreat in Craftsbury, Vermont, as part of CC&B’s mission to nurture the work of Vermont writers.

Ms. Stockwell’s broadside will be on public display in the window of The Drawing Board in downtown Montpelier during the month of April as part of PoemCity’s month-long poetry festivities. Copies will be available for purchase at the Drawing Board throughout April 2015 and online while supplies last at Chickadee Chaps & Broads’ online store.

Ms. Stockwell is the author of two poetry collections, Theater of Animals, which won the National Poetry Series and Recital, winner of the Editor’s Prize at Elixir. Her poems have also appeared inAgni, Rhino, The Three Penny Review and The New Yorker.

Samn Stockwell will give a reading from her winning broadside and other poems at Kellogg Hubbard Library in Montpelier on April 29th, 2015 at 7 pm. The reading will also feature CC&B’s debut letterpress chapbook authors, Ryan Walsh and Diane Swan.

Chickadee Chaps & Broads


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