For the second year in a row, we are pleased to announce our nominees for Bettering American Poetry, Volume 3! These poems have stuck with us long after we first published them, and we hope they will stay with and haunt you as well, whether this is your first time reading them, or the tenth. 

Best of luck to our nominees and, as always, to every poet, writer, and artist living and breathing within the scope of their work, and beyond.


Jamal Parker, Dec 17th: Transitioning Part 1
Yves Olade, Long Distance 
Mariel Fechik, A Cupped Palm 

KANIKA LAWTON is a writer, poet, and editor from Vancouver, British Columbia. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a Minor in Film Studies from the University of British Columbia, where she served as an editor with the UBC Undergraduate Film Student Association, and is an MA Candidate at the University of Toronto's Cinema Studies Institute. A 2018 Porkbelly Press Micro Chapbook Series finalist, and 2018 Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared in The Rising Phoenix ReviewRambutan LiteraryRicepaper MagazineBombus PressVagabond City Literary Journal, and Hypertrophic Literary, and profiled in The Ellis Review and Horn & Ivory Zine. She is the author of Wildfire Heart (The Poetry Annals, 2018).