Colorado State University Center for Literary Publishing

Current Winner

The current winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry

We are very pleased to announce that Gillian Cummings’s manuscript The Owl Was a Baker’s Daughter was selected by final judge John Yau as the winner of the 2018 Colorado Prize for Poetry. Her book will be published by the Center for Literary Publishing in November 2018.

Gillian Cummings is the author of My Dim Aviary, winner of the 2015 Hudson Prize (Black Lawrence Press, 2016). She has also written three chapbooks: Ophelia (dancing girl press, 2016), Petals as an Offering in Darkness (Finishing Line Press, 2014), and Spirits of the Humid Cloud (dancing girl press, 2012). Her poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Boulevard, the Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, the Crab Orchard Review, the Cream City Review, Denver Quarterly, the Laurel Review, Linebreak, the Massachusetts Review, the Paris-American, Quarterly West, Verse Daily, in other journals, and in the anthologies Myrrh, Mothwing, Smoke (Tupelo Press, 2013) and The Doll Collection (Terrapin Books, 2016). In 2008, she was awarded a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Fund Poetry Prize. A graduate of Stony Brook University and of Sarah Lawrence College’s MFA program, Gillian lives in Westchester County, New York, where for five years she co-taught and taught poetry workshops to women at New York Presbyterian Hospital. She is also a visual artist and is currently at work on a novel.