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2023 Lefty Blondie Press
First Chapbook Award Winner

I Ask the House to Burn Him Down
Kelley Beeson Undress Lefty Blondie Press Winner 2023 Chapbook

KELLEY BEESON is a poet and librarian living and working in Pittsburgh, PA. Her work has been published in Kaliope (where she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize), Pittsburgh City Paper, and The Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange. Beeson has been a librarian for 20 years and has been a member of the Madwomen in the Attic of Carlow University writing workshops since 1992. She received her BA in Creative Writing from Carlow and her MFA in Poetry at The University of Notre Dame.

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Selected by

Michelle Stoner

 2023 chapbook manuscript final judge*

MICHELLE STONER is the author of the poetry collection Flats and Riots, and her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Most recently, she has worked with the Westmoreland Museum of American Art and The Frick Pittsburgh on pieces that explore the intersection of poetry and visual art. Stoner holds an MA in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in creative writing (poetry) from Carlow University, where she has taught in the departments of English and Women’s and Gender Studies and where she is currently a poetry instructor in the Madwomen in the Attic Creative Writing Workshops.

to our Finalists

Thank you to everyone who submitted a manuscript &  to all who support LBP's work and mission!

Rachel Baum: 

The Language of Guns

Katrina Hays:


Melissa Joplin Higley:

First Father

Kat Postma: 

The Unknown Weight of You

Cathy Wittmeyer:


*Our original judge, Jan Beatty, had to recuse herself from the judging process when she became aware that she was familiar with one of the finalist manuscripts. At that point, we were happy to welcome the wonderful poet and teacher,
Michelle Stoner, as the final judge!

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