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  • Leslie Jill Patterson

2022 Chapbook Winner

We are pleased to announce that Shuly Xóchitl Cawood has won the 2022 IHLR Chapbook Competition for her collection of flash essays entitled Having It Out with Love.

Cawood grew up writing stories on her father’s blue Selectric typewriter. Her debut poetry collection, Trouble Can Be So Beautiful at the Beginning (Mercer University Press, 2021), won the Adrienne Bond Award for Poetry. Cawood’s other books include A Small Thing to Want: Stories (Press 53, 2020); the little advice book, 52 Things I Wish I Could Have Told Myself When I Was 17 (Cimarron Books, 2018); and the memoir, The Going and Goodbye (Platypus Press, 2017). Shuly received her MFA in creative writing from Queens University and her MA in journalism from The Ohio State University. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Sun, and Brevity, among others. Shuly loves to hike in the woods, doodle with her Crayola markers, and teach writing workshops.

To learn more about Cawood follow her on Facebook (/shulycawood) or on Twitter (@shulycawood). Also, you might want to take her generative weeklong bootcamp in the third week of June. Learn more about that workshop and take advantage of early bird registration at

We can't wait to share this chapbook with our readers. Look for its release in November 2022!


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