Chloe Hanson is a writer and professor. She received a grant for “Making a Killing,” poems that explore the parallel and intersecting oppressions of women—specifically those living in Western, patriarchal societies—and nonhuman animals through re-imagined fairy tales embedded in poetry. Her work argues that the oppression of nonhuman animals reinforces violent ideology incompatible with true social justice and equality. She writes:
My poems examine myths regarding nonhuman animal sentience, the ways that social norms are reflected in the stories we tell, and how the stories we tell must be amended if we hope to change our actions. It is my hope that the poems in this collection prompt cognitive dissonance in the reader; people in general do not want to cause suffering and pain, but deeply ingrained carnist ideology has prevented many from recognizing the impact of their actions.