Trio House Press
publishing distinct voices in American poetry
since 2011
Introducing our 2021 Louise Bogan Award Judge, Lee Ann Roripaugh

Lee Ann Roripaugh is the author of five volumes of poetry: tsunami vs. the fukushima 50 (Milkweed Editions, 2019), Dandarians (Milkweed, Editions, 2014), On the Cusp of a Dangerous Year (Southern Illinois University Press, 2009), Year of the Snake (Southern Illinois University Press, 2004), and Beyond Heart Mountain (Penguin, 1999). She was named winner of the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award in Poetry/Prose for 2004, and a 1998 winner of the National Poetry Series. The South Dakota State Poet Laureate from 2015-2019, Roripaugh is a Professor of English at the University of South Dakota, where she serves as Director of Creative Writing and Editor-in-Chief of South Dakota Review.

Introducing our 2021 Trio Award Judge, Steve Healey
Steve Healey is the author of three books of poetry, all published by Coffee House Press—Earthling, 10 Mississippi, and most recently, Safe Houses I Have Known, which was a finalist for both The Believer Book Award and The Minnesota Book Award. His poems have appeared in magazines such as American Poetry ReviewFence, and The Nation, along with various anthologies, including The New Census: An Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry. He teaches English & creative writing at Minneapolis College.  
Sweet Beast by Gabriella R. Tallmadge is the winner of the 2020 Louise Bogan Award selected by Sandy Longhorn.

Gabriella R. Tallmadge is a Latinx writer and educator from San Diego, California.  She holds degrees in English, Creative Writing, and Counseling. She is also certified in Mental Health Recovery and Trauma-Informed Care by San Diego State University. Gabriella’s poetry has received awards from the Hedgebrook Writer in Residence Program, the Community of Writers Workshop, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Her work has previously appeared in journals such as The Adroit Journal, The Georgia Review, Crazyhorse, Guernica, Mid-American Review, and Passages North. To learn more, visit

Songbox by Kirk Wilson is the winner of the 2020 Trio Award selected by Malena Mörling.

Kirk Wilson’s work in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction is widely published in journals including New England Review, Southern Indiana Review, Idaho Review, Crazyhorse, Eclipse, and others, and in anthologies such as The 64 Best Poets (Black Mountain Press), This Side of the Divide (Baobab Press), New Millennium Writings (New Millennium), and others. His awards include an NEA Fellowship and prizes in all three genres. His past publications include The Early Word, a poetry chapbook from Burning Deck press, and Unsolved, a true crime book published in six editions in the US and UK. Kirk’s website is

Third Winter in Our Second Country by Andres Rojas, forthcoming fall 2021

Andres Rojas is the author of the chapbook Looking for What Isn’t There (Paper Nautilus Press Debut Series Winner, 2019) and the audio-only chapbook The Season of the Dead (EAT Poems, 2016). His poetry has been featured in the Best New Poets series and has appeared in, among others, AGNI, Barrow Street, Colorado Review, Massachusetts Review, New England Review, and Poetry Northwest.

The Traditional Feel of the Ballroom by Hannah Gamble, forthcoming fall 2021

Hannah Gamble is a poet, essayist, screenwriter, and director. Her first book of poems, Your Invitation to a Modest Breakfast, won the National Poetry Series in 2011. In 2014, she received the Ruth Lilly/ Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. She is the writer, director, and executive producer of the Chicago-based webseries Choose Me: An Abortion Story, which was selected for several national and international film festivals, winning the Award of Excellence for a TV Show from the Montreal Independent Film Festival in 2020.

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“In You Do Not Have to Be Good Madeleine Barnes has crafted a beautiful and luminous book of lyrics out of the grit and gristle of lived experience. This ‘scarred’ yet ‘flowering’ collection is lit from within by the poet's fierce resilience and faith in the redemptive potential of love. Barnes is a poet who attends to the breaking and broken body while never losing sight of the ‘body’s impossible blessings.’ ‘Change is your flint/use it to renew,’ she writes, ‘Say it:/you want to live.’ I am grateful for Barnes’s powerful voice singing clear light into the darkness we inhabit.  Hers is a searing, necessary debut.”

—Deborah Landau

“Madeleine Barnes generously reaches toward painful places that many poets are afraid to touch. Organizing her book around a sequence of absolving principles, she enacts a forgiveness journey, without false consolation; instead, she speaks in praise of tenacious embroidery, steadfast retrieval, destinationless self-assemblage, and a pleasing neutrality, as if she were looking at disaster, or at daily life, through a scrim that gave some of the sad information but kept the viewer safely unseen. The book, an artfully composed act of ambiguous witness, addresses a ‘you’—a compassionate reader who will feel, as I do, grateful to Barnes for her high level of craft, wisdom, and emotional resourcefulness.”

—Wayne Koestenbaum, author of Camp Marmalade

“A wonderfully idiosyncratic logic animates Madeleine Barnes's debut collection, You Do Not Have To Be Good: half spirit, half inner speech. The poems take shape in the space between the dystopia of a real world and the utopia of a world the speaker longs for and valiantly wills into being: ‘I wish the sirens were remnants of churchbells, cymbals, second-hand static,’ she says. Caritas and death confront each other in ‘the sting of how easily we are forgotten.’ Through the poem ‘Vulnerary,’ I learned that a ‘vulnerary’ is something used to heal a wound, a definition that also applies to this powerful new voice.”

—Catherine Barnett