The 3rd Annual ORO FINO Chapbook Winner!


Thanks to everyone who submitted to the 3rd Annual Oro Fino Chapbook Competition.

We are pleased to announce that the winner this year is Rae Gouirand!

Rae is the author of two collections of poetry, Open Winter (winner of the Bellday Prize, Bellday Books, 2011) and Glass is Glass Water is Water (forthcoming from Spork Press in 2018). She has founded numerous longrunning workshops in poetry and prose in northern California and online, and lectures in the Department of English at UC-Davis. She is currently at work on her third collection of poems and a work of nonfiction.

A big thanks to TC Tolbert for judging this year’s finalists!

TC often identifies as a trans and genderqueer feminist, collaborator, dancer, and poet but really s/he’s just a human in love with humans doing human things.

TC earned his MFA in Poetry from the University of Arizona in 2005 and is currently Core Faculty in the Low Residency MFA Program at Oregon State University – Cascades. S/he is a nationally certified EMT and in the summer, s/he leads wilderness trips for Outward Bound. TC was selected as Tucson’s Poet Laureate in 2017.

TC’s first full-length collection, Gephyromania, was published by Ahsahta Press in 2014. Gephyromania was selected as one of the top poetry books of 2014 by Entropy and was listed by Eileen Myles as one of her favorites for 2014 in The Gay and Lesbian Review.

TC is also the author of four chapbooks: Conditions/Conditioning(a collaborative chapbook with Jen Hofer, New Lights Press 2014) I: Not He: Not I (Pity Milk Press 2014), spirare (Belladonna* chaplet 2012), and territories of folding (Kore Press 2011). TC was awarded the New Works Artist Grant by the Tucson Pima Arts Council in 2014, the Arizona Commission on the Arts Individual Artist Award in 2012, and a residency at Byrdcliffe. His work won the Arizona Statewide Poetry Competition in 2010, chosen by Linda Russo. His work has been anthologized in The Volta Book of Poets (Sidebrow 2015), The Force of What’s Possible: Writers on Accessibility and the Avant-Garde (Nightboat 2015), The Queer South: LGBTQ Writers on the American South (Sibling Rivalry 2014), and Hick Poetics (Lost Roads 2015). His poems can be found in Everyday GeniusVoltThe Volta, The PinchDrunken Boat, ShampooA Trunk of Deliriumjubilat, and EOAGH.