Hey, I’ve Won a Chapbook Contest!


I’m delighted to report that I’ve been named the winner of the 2021 Etchings Press Poetry prize! The publication date for My Mother’s Ghost Scrubs the Floor at 2 a.m. is May 5. Etchings Press, a student-run publisher at University of Indianapolis, is offering copies for $10.00

Many thanks to the Etchings Press staff, and to The Indianapolis Review editor Natalie Solmer for publishing the title poem in fall 2019, and subsequently nominating it for a Pushcart Prize. My new home, Indianapolis, has been very kind to me!


56 thoughts on “Hey, I’ve Won a Chapbook Contest!

  1. Huzzah! That is one of my favorite poems. Also I feel neurotically complicit in all decisions made in the Great Lakes region so I’m content that we have chosen well. 😉

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  2. Reblogged this on Leigh's Wordsmithery and commented:
    My friend, Bob Okaji, has won the 2021 Etchings Press Poetry Prize with what figures to be a poignant set of poems, titled My Mother’s Ghost Scrubs the Floor at 2 a.m. Get it from the University of Indianapolis now, and we can compare notes on this sure-to-be meaningful and affecting collection.

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