Susan Briante, judge for this year’s Ahsahta Press Chapbook Contest, has chosen Kevin Holden of New Haven, Connecticut, to win the $1,000 prize. His manuscript of poems, to be released in spring 2015, is titled Birch. Kevin Holden is the author of two chapbooks, Identity (Cannibal Books) and Alpine (White Queen Press). His first full-length book of poetry, Solar, won the 2014 Fence Modern Poets Prize and will be published next year. His poems have appeared in such places as Conjunctions, Jubilat, 1913, Aufgabe, Typo, and Colorado Review, and have been included in the anthology The Arcadia Project (Ahsahta Press) and in Best American Experimental Writing (Omnidawn). He also translates and writes about poetry and is a PhD candidate in comparative literature at Yale. He is originally from Rhode Island. Read more about the award and the finalists here. The next Chapbook Contest will run in April 2015.