Don Colburn wins national contest for chapbook due out in March

Main Street Rag Publishing Company will publish my book “Mortality with Pronoun Shifts,” which won the 2018 Cathy Smith Bowers Poetry Chapbook Prize. Cathy Smith Bowers, former Poet Laureate of North Carolina, was the final judge. “I loved this book from the get-go,” she said of the winning manuscript. “The title itself is a brilliant juxtaposition of opposites: the archetypal, biblical, emotion-laden word mortality paired with such a sterile, academic phrase as pronoun shifts. Throughout the book, this stark tension of opposites never flags. Who wants to read an entire book of poems about death? I’ll take one any day—if it is written by this author.”

The book is due out in March and can be ordered at a discount in advance from the Main Street Rag Online Bookstore:

Here’s a direct link to my MSR author’s page, with comments on the book and sample poems:

MORTALITY with Pronoun Shifts / Don Colburn

Book Release Event for ‘The Bob Sterry School of Burglary’

I invite all OPA members to celebrate poetry along with the publication of my book on January 29th at Artichoke Music (2007 SE Powell Blvd. Portland). Starting at 7 PM it will be a unique mixture of words spoken and sung. I have invited musicians and a few poets to join me. Tickets are FREE but please confirm via Brown Paper Tickets at this link.