2015 Winner and Finalists

Our first Vermont Book Award in 2015 went to Plainfield poet Kerrin McCadden for her collection of poetry titled Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes. Judges enjoyed the book's "luminous quality," calling it a "perfect book."

Kerrin McCadden is the author of Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes, winner of the 2013 New Issues Poetry Prize. She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, The Frost Place, The Sustainable Arts Foundation, and The Vermont Arts Endowment Fund. Her poems have appeared in Best American PoetryThe Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, Verse Daily, and in such journals as American Poetry ReviewGreen Mountains ReviewHayden’s Ferry ReviewHunger MountainPoet Lore, and Rattle. She teaches at Montpelier High School, The New England Young Writers' Conference at Bread Loaf, and The Champlain College Young Writers' Conference.

2015 Vermont Book Award Finalists

  • Leland Kinsey, Winter Ready, Poetry
  • Gary Lee Miller, Museum of the Americas, Fiction, Short Stories
  • Jessica Hendry Nelson, If Only You People Could Follow Directions, Creative Nonfiction, Memoir
  • Dana WalrathLike Water on Stone, Children’s Literature, Young Adult Novel in Verse
  • Meg WolitzerBelzhar, Children’s Literature, Young Adult Novel

2015 Panel of Judges

  • Major Jackson
  • Sydney Lea
  • Kekla Magoon 
  • Howard Frank Mosher 
  • Sean Prentiss 
  • Linda Urban
  • Linda Wooster 


Miciah Bay Gault
Program Director, MFA in Writing & Publishing
Editor, Hunger Mountain


The Vermont Book Award is a new prize created to honor artists with deep connections to the state of Vermont and to draw attention to a state so uniquely suited for creative enterprise.

In keeping with our mission of promoting emerging and established artists, the Vermont Book Award will recognize outstanding poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and children’s literature that is penned by a Vermont writer or by a writer with deep ties to the state of Vermont.