I|I, Winner of 2022 The Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize

Selected by final judge Kazim Ali.

To be published fall 2022.

Included book release reading with Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

And $2,000 prize.


Katherine Indermaur is the author of two chapbooks and an editor for Sugar House Review. She is the winner of the Black Warrior Review 2019 Poetry Contest and the 2018 Academy of American Poets Prize, runner-up in the 92Y's 2020 Discovery Poetry Contest, and has been nominated for Best of the Net. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Alpinist, Coast|noCoast, Ecotone, Frontier Poetry, the Journal, New Delta Review, the Normal School, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Colorado State University and lives within sight of the Rocky Mountains.

We would also like to acknowledge the following works:


  • May-lee Chai, Telling
  • Kate Colby, Paradoxx
  • Jehanne Dubrow, Exhibitions
  • Christine Hume, Everything I Never Wanted to Know*

* Withdrawn before selection of the winner


  • Faith Adiele, Begin. Again.
  • Morgan Christie, Boolean Logic.
  • Mark Dow, Each Thing Starts
  • Brianna Johnson, In Defense of Abigail Williams (or Fire Sale)
  • Kristine Langley Mahler, Teen Queen Training
  • Leanne Ogasawara, Travels Through Paintings
  • Joe Sacksteder, Last Map
  • Jeffrey Skinner, CODEX.
  • Matthew Vollmer, Nine One One
  • Maya Jewell Zeller, A Brain and a Heart Went on a Walk

Honorable Mentions

  • Barret Baumgart, The Weight of the Sky
  • Katharine Coldiron, Weird New Shit
  • Pune Dracker, Every now and then we hear our song
  • Adam Fagin, The Book of Common Fate
  • Leora Fridman, STATIC PALACE
  • Noah Eli Gordon, An Index to [XXXX XXXXXXXX]'s Next 135 Works
  • Noah Eli Gordon, dysgraphia
  • Carolyn Guinzio, Phantom Haptic// Leaf
  • Karen Holmberg, Family Tree: An Unearthing
  • Jesse Lee Kercheval, Crash
  • Lance Larsen, Aphorisms for a Lonely Planet
  • Thomas Mira y Lopez, That Does No Good
  • Laura Read, Circumstance and Geography
  • Alex Stein, Franz Kafka's Blue Period
  • Jeneva Burroughs Stone, R: An Aftermath
  • Jill Talbot, Empty Streets: Essays
  • Spring Ulmer, My Coup of You
  • Julie Marie Wade, Meditation 39: A Sestina in Prose