—3rd Place, 2020 Palette Poetry Prize—
“Throughout the extended references to sheep and lambs, place fills in with emotion, and what begins as a pastoral, in lines that stretch across the page like the Irish landscape, transforms into a complex meditation on loss.” — Guest Judge Forrest Gander
Kathleen Winter is author of Transformer (2020), judge’s selection for The Word Works Hilary Tham Collection; I will not kick my friends (2018), winner of the Elixir Poetry Prize; and Nostalgia for the Criminal Past, winner of the Antivenom Poetry Prize. Her awards include the Poetry Society of America The Writer Magazine/Emily Dickinson Award and the Ralph Johnston Fellowship at University of Texas’s Dobie Paisano Ranch. Her poetry and fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Republic, The New Statesman, Five Points, Giant Sequins, Southword (Ireland), Agni, Massachusetts Review, New Ohio Review and Copper Nickel. She was granted fellowships by Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Dora Maar House, James Merrill House, Cill Rialaig, and Vermont Studio Center. She teaches creative writing at Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College in northern California.