Black Zinnias First Book Award

The Black Zinnias First Book Award brings first-book publication, a cash prize of $2,000, and publication in the Black Zinnias journal to a writer who has never before published a book of poetry. The winning manuscript, chosen by an eminent poet, is published under the Black Zinnias imprint of the California Institute of Arts and Letters. 
  • Kathleen Lynch

    Winner of the Black Zinnias 2004 Poetry Book Award for Hinge

  • Joanna C. Scott

    Winner of the Black Zinnias 2003 Poetry Book Award for Breakfast at the Shangri-La