Western Connecticut State University’s MFA in Creative and Professional Writing is honored to announce the winners of our 2021 Housatonic Book Award! (Finalists appear alphabetically).

Winner: Julie Marie Wade – Just an Ordinary Woman Breathing
Just an Ordinary Woman Breathing - Julie Marie WadeJulie Marie Wade
Jason Diamond – The Sprawl: Reconsidering the Weird American Suburbs
Mark Nowak – Social Poetics
Sheryl St. Germain – 50 Miles
Katie Bowler Young – Enrique Alférez: Sculptor
Winner: Danielle Evans – The Office of Historical Corrections
Office of Historical Corrections - Danielle EvansDanielle Evans
Amy Jo Burns – Shiner
Jennie Fields – Atomic Love
David Joy – When These Mountains Burn
William Lychack – Cargill Falls
Lara Tupper – Off Island
Winner: Jubi Arriola-Headley – Original Kink

Original Kink - Jubi Arriola-HeadleyJubi Arriola-Headley by Beowulf Sheehan


Allison Adair – The Clearing
Kirun Kapur – Women in the Waiting Room
Brooke Matson – In Accelerated Silence
Michael Torres – An Incomplete List of Names
Young Adult/Middle Grade
Winner: Beth Vrabel – The Newspaper Club
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*There are no finalists for the 2021 Housatonic Book Award in YA/MG