Reese Conner of Tucson, AZ has won the 2020 CPR Editors’ Prize Book Award. Conner’s manuscript, The Body He Left Behind emerged from a field of seven finalists to take home the top award. The editors confirm this year’s slate of finalists was one of the most competitive in recent years, making the selection of a final winner particularly tough. Book of Years was the First Runner-Up, and Swan Wife was the Second Runner-Up.
Reese Conner received his M.F.A. from Arizona State University, where he has continued to teach composition and poetry workshops. His work appears or is forthcoming in Tin House, The Missouri Review, Rattle, Ninth Letter, Cimarron Review, New Ohio Review, and elsewhere. Reese is an Assistant Poetry Editor for Fifth Wednesday Journal. He received the Turner Prize from the Academy of American Poets, the Mabelle A. Lyon Poetry Award, and the now-defunct Chili Pepper from Rate My Professor. He was a finalist for the 2019 New American Poetry Prize, the 2018 Cider Press Review Book Award, and his poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart.
Conner will receive a standard publishing contract, 25 author copies of the book, and a $1000 honorarium. The Body He Left Behind is scheduled to be published in August 2021. This will be Conner’s first published book.