The other two finalists in the Poetry category are Margaret Hasse, for Milk and Tides, and Larry Shug for Arrogant Bones.
In the cover category, the others are Field Notes by Richard Quinney and Edge of Forever: Images of Lake Superior by Peter Scott Eide.
The award is given by the Midwest Independent Publishers Association.
From the MIPA website:
Finalists were chosen from 149 titles from 66 publishers in the 12 eligible states that were entered in the MIPA 19th Annual Midwest Book Awards competition for excellence in independent or non-profit publishing. More than 667 books were distributed to the judges for review in 25 categories.
Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on May 13, 2009, with the help of our special guests from Publishers Weekly, Matthew Hurley and Associate Publisher Cevin Bryerman, who is a board member of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). Reservations are required to attend the Midwest Book Awards Ceremony at the Minnesota Humanities Center, 987 East Ivy Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota, on Wednesday, May 13, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.