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Announcing the winner of the 2023 QTBIPOC Prize: Jennifer Perrine

Updated: Jun 27

Congratulations to Jennifer Perrine, winner of the 2023 QTBIPOC Prize for Beautiful Outlaw.

Judge and editor Ching-In Chen says, "I loved the urgent energy and movement of the language and the questions of this book around how we contend with violence in many forms – and found myself returning to the pages again and again.” Kelsey Street Press is proud to be bringing this manuscript into the world.

Jennifer (JP) Perrine is the author of four books of poetry: Again, The Body Is No MachineIn the Human Zoo, and No Confession, No Mass. Their latest poems and essays appear in Five Minutes, The Maine Review, Cincinnati Review, Pleiades, Nimrod, New Letters, Poetry Northwest, Orion Magazine, Harpur Palate, Oregon Humanities, Essential Queer Voices of U.S. Poetry, and Cascadia Field Guide: Art, Ecology, and Poetry. Their recent work has been recognized through the Arts and Culture Diversity and Inclusion Award from the Asian American Journalists Association, an Oregon Humanities Community Storytelling Fellowship, an Arts3C grant and a Make | Learn | Build grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council, the Missouri Review Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize, and residencies at Caldera Arts Center and the Independent Publishing Resource Center. Perrine lives in Portland, Oregon, where they cohost the Incite: Queer Writers Read series, teach writing, and work as the equity and racial justice program manager with the regional parks and nature department.

We also wanted to congratulate the finalists:

Counterpoint by Jasmine An

Imagined Child by LM Brimmer

water:way by ayana harsoet

Surviving Fire by ena ganguly

Poemuit by Shantell Powell

Hard Crush by Sarah Yanni


Thank you to everyone who sent us their work to the 2023 QTBIPOC Prize! We were so excited to read so much urgent and beautiful writing.

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