In 1994, the Academy was selected by the New Hope Foundation to administer the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Established in 1975, this $25,000 award recognizes the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous year. Past recipients include Philip Levine, Sterling A. Brown, Adrienne Rich, Thom Gunn, W. S. Merwin, Marilyn Hacker, and Charles Wright.
The judges for 2014 were Kwame Dawes, Alicia Suskin Ostriker, and Susan Stewart.
(to read the full press release, click here)
Creative Nonfiction: Gretel Ehrlich for Facing the Wave
Fiction: Lindsay Hill for Sea of Hooks
Poetry: Victoria Chang for The Boss
(for the full list of winners and the press release, click here)
I have always loved this story. It is so odd and funny and heartbreaking and just good.
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Monograph by Simeon Berry of Somerville, MA, chosen by Denise Duhamel, to be published by University of Georgia Press
The Regret Histories by Joshua Poteat of Richmond, VA, chosen by Campbell McGrath, to be published by HarperCollins
Let’s Let That Are Not Yet Inferno by Ed Pavlić of Athens, GA, chosen by John Keene, to be published by Fence Books
Double Jinx by Nancy Reddy, chosen by Alex Lemon of Madison, WI, to be published by Milkweed Edition
Viability by Sarah Vap of Venice, CA, chosen by Mary Jo Bang, to be published by Penguin Books
"If you think poets solely wear black berets and find words to rhyme with “suffocating” and “dark lake,” then you’re not far off. Just kidding. Poets come in all varieties, and the best way to become acquainted with us is by going to a poetry reading. There, you will experience the pleasure (read: slight-to-moderate agony; boredom; a room for you to exercise your eye-rolling muscles) of listening to a poet read his or her work for at least 45 minutes straight. During intermission, you’ll want to refill your plastic wine cup for survival, and that is when you will most likely run into a cluster of poets.”
(click post title for the full list of poet types)