"The poems in Shadow Black move from startling moments of subtlety to satisfying passages of rant. Naima Tokunow is also a poet of the body, and in that tradition she calls for the liberation of the black body in particular: “It refuses. It declines. It makes its own.” I’m so glad to have these poems in my life."
Jericho Brown has spoken: this year’s Chapbook Contest winner is Naima Yael Tokunow! She will receive the $2000 prize and publication and distribution of her free digital chapbook through Frontier Poetry. We are honored to get to work with her. A big thank you to every submitter who made this year’s contest such a challenge for our team.
Featuring the lovely words of Kanika Agrawal, R. Cassandra Bruner, Kristin Chang, Yongyu Chen, Don Mee Choi, Natalie Eilbert, Jaimie Gusman, Taraka Hamada, Ava Hofmann, Amanda Kallis, Ndinda Kioko, Sabrina Li, Aurielle Marie, Sophie Paquette, Jake Syersak, Mwinji Siame, Billie R. Tadros, Tam(sin) Blaxter, My Tran, David Villaverde, Candice Wuehle!
Chapbook by Naima Yael Tokunow!
Cover artist Charlotte Edey!