Sheila-Na-Gig Editions congratulates John Palen of Urbana, Illinois, on winning our 2021 chapbook contest. John is a frequent contributor to Sheila-Na-Gig online and one of our Best of the Net nominees this year. John’s poems have appeared recently or are forthcoming in Delmarva Review, Ocotillo Review, and Off the Coast. His most recent book, Distant Music, came out from Mayapple Press in 2017. A memoir about his father’s clothing store in a small town in Southwestern Missouri appeared recently in Flint Hills Review. John’s book, Riding With The Diaspora will be available from Sheila-Na-Gig Editions late spring.