BLOOM is pleased to announce the winner and finalists for its 2014 Chapbook Prize for Poetry.


Judge Gabrielle Calvocoressi has chosen Capital City at Midnight by Christopher Nelson for the 2014 BLOOM Chapbook Prize for Poetry. Nelson will receive 25 copies of the chapbook and a $100 honorarium. She has also named two finalists: Set The Garden on Fire by Chen Chen and There Was No One To Teach Me This by Brandi Spaethe.


Judge’s citation: “There’s something about this voice that makes it impossible for me to put these poems down. It would be easy to say these are narrative poems but that’s too simple and does them a disservice. These are poems that speak into you, they are worlds. Capital City at Midnight is a testament not merely to a poet whose poems I want to see more of but of a poet whose line I want to see more of. There are new structures being dreamt of here no matter how traditional the poems look on the page. This is a blueprint for something remarkable that’s on its way.”

Credit: Charlotte Christensen

Credit: Charlotte Christensen


Christopher Nelson is the author of Blue House, published in the New American Poets Chapbook Series. Among his honors are fellowships from the Poetry Society of America and the Jacob Javits Foundation. His poems have appeared in Best New Poets, BLOOM, Fairy Tale Review, The Good Men Project, The Seattle Review, voca, and elsewhere. Since 2008 he has edited Under A Warm Green Linden, an online archive of interviews with poets intended to deepen, illuminate, and complicate an understanding of their work. He diabetes symptoms teaches in the summer workshop series at the University of Arizona Poetry Center.


The 2014 BLOOM chapbooks will be published in early fall 2015.