For her poetry collection Self-Portrait with Cephalopod, selected by francine j. harris, Smith will receive $2,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions in February 2021.
About the collection, harris says,
“Kathryn Smith‘s Self-Portrait with Cephalopod is lush and obsessed and frantic and deathy. At times, there is a pre-apocalyptic reverence and reflection in this collection that feels almost monastic. Beautiful and timely work.“
Kathryn Smith is the author of the full-length collection Book of Exodus (Scablands Books, 2017) and the chapbook Chosen Companions of the Goblin, winner of the 2018 Open Country Press Chapbook Contest.
Her poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest, Bellingham Review, The Journal, Mid-American Review, Redivider, and elsewhere, and she has received an Allied Arts Foundation award, a Spokane Arts Grant Award, and a Pushcart Special Mention.
She received her MFA in creative writing from Eastern Washington University and lives in Spokane, WA, where she also makes collage and mixed media art.