Alumni Honored by the Poetry Society of America as Chapbook Fellows

June 11, 2018

Nicholas Goodly ’17 and Esther Lin ’10 whose chapbooks garnered recognition from the Poetry Society of America participated in the organization's 15th Anniversary Chapbook Fellowship Ceremony.


Goodly and Lin were among the 2017 Chapbook Fellowship winners who were honored June 6 at The Cooper Union. Both also performed readings of their work.


Goodly’s chapbook, Black Swim, was selected by Alumna Brenda Shaughnessy '98 and introduced by poetry faculty member Dorothea Lasky. Goodly is a Cave Canem Fellow and was a finalist in both the 2017 Tennessee Williams Poetry Contest and the 2016 Academy of American Poets Prize. He is the writing editor of WUSSY magazine and creator of the LGBT reading series Loudspeaker.


Lin’s chapbook, The Ghost Wife, was selected and introduced by Patrick Rosal. The titular poem, which was published in The Missouri Review in October 2017, is “a poem about daughters: how we comfort ourselves after a mother’s death, then regret how tenuous our hold over our own lineage continues to be,” according to Lin in an author’s note.


Her poems have also appeared in Copper Nickel, The Cortland Review, Crazyhorse, Drunken Boat and Vinyl. She is a 2017-19 Wallace Stegner Fellow, and has received the Crab Orchard Review’s 2018 Richard Peterson Poetry Prize, the inaugural Undocupoets fellowship and a Poets House Emerging Poets fellowship.


Along with receiving a prize of $1,000 each, the winners will be welcomed as guests for a monthlong artist's residency at PLAYA, on the edge of the Great Basin near Summer Lake, Oregon, and they will also be invited to teach a single class at Purchase College under the sponsorship of the Royal and Shirley Durst Chair in Literature.