The 2020 title in the Chad Walsh Chapbook Series is Victoria C. Flanagan’s Glossary of Unsaid Terms. Flanagan earned a dual-genre MFA in poetry and creative nonfiction from Virginia Commonwealth University. Their writing has been awarded the Catherine and Joan Byrne Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets, the Emerging Poets Prize from Palette Poetry, and a Sewanee Writers’ Conference scholarship, among other honors. Their work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Blackbird, The Boiler, Crab Creek Review, New South, and elsewhere, and they are the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing’s 2020-21 Ronald Wallace Poetry Fellow.
Of the collection, Jordan Brynn Rice (author of Constellarium) writes, “In this brief yet wholly necessary volume, Flanagan moves through brutal memory to momentary grace in the process of reckoning past and present selves. These poems coil distinctly across difficult landscapes, both literally and figuratively, as when the speaker of ‘In the Operating Room’ asks, ‘What am I, if not the body?’ This collection utterly delimits what can be known of a body in illness and a mind wreathed in agonies of loss and reclamation, scrying new futures for the singular voice that carries us through.”