As summer comes to an end, we find ourselves at the conclusion of the 2023 Summer Chapbook Contest. Along the many talented poets who shared their words and stories, one exceptional voice stood out, capturing the essence of the season and the beauty of poetic expression. We are thrilled to announce that the winner of this year's contest is Brett Gordon Batton.
Hailing from the foothills of North Carolina, Brett is a writer and poet whose passion for words and storytelling shines brightly through her work. With a B.A. in English and Communication Studies from UNC-Wilmington, and currently pursuing an MFA in poetry at West Virginia Wesleyan College, Brett's dedication to the craft of writing is evident in every line she pens.
Brett's poetry journey is deeply intertwined with her love for folklore, traditions, and cultures. Her distinct style of folk narrative poetry paints vivid pictures of landscapes, people, and traditions. Through her verses, she transports us to the heart of Appalachia, inviting us to explore its rich heritage and captivating landscapes.
As we celebrate Brett's victory, we also extend our heartfelt appreciation to every participant who shared their poetry and stories with us. Your words have left an indelible mark, reminding us of the power of creative expression and the boundless possibilities it holds.
Stay tuned as we prepare to unveil Brett's winning chapbook and share her captivating verses with the world. Congratulations, Brett on your remarkable achievement. Your journey as the winner of the 2023 Summer Chapbook Contest is just the beginning of an exciting chapter. We are honored to be a part of this journey with you.