Akron Poetry Prize

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The Akron Poetry Prize is an annual contest held by The University of Akron Press. The competition is open to all poets writing in English. The winning poet receives an $1,000 honorarium and publication of his or her book in the Akron Series in Poetry. The final selection is made by a nationally prominent poet. The final judge for 2017 is Oliver de la Paz. Other manuscripts may also be considered for publication by Series Editor Mary Biddinger. Past editor's choice selections have included books by John Gallaher, David Dodd Lee, and Sarah Perrier.



2016: Aimée Baker, Doe, Judge: Allison Joseph

2015: Sandra Simonds, Further Problems with Pleasure, Judge: Carmen Giménez Smith

2014: Philip Metres, Pictures at an Exhibition, Judge: Maxine Chernoff

2013: John Repp, Fat Jersey Blues, Judge: David Kirby

2012: Seth Abramson, Thievery, Judge: Dara Wier

2011: Emily Rosko, Prop Rockery, Judge: Natasha Sajé

2010: Joshua Harmon, Le Spleen de Poughkeepsie, Judge: G.C. Waldrep

2009: Oliver de la Paz, Requiem for the Orchard, Judge: Martín Espada

2008: Rachel Dilworth, The Wild Rose Asylum: Poems of the Magdalen Laundries of Ireland, Judge: Rita Dove

2007: Brian Brodeur, Other Latitudes, Judge: Stephen Dunn

2006: Alison Pelegrin, Big Muddy River of Stars, Judge: B. H. Fairchild

2005: Ashley Capps, Mistaking the Sea for Green Fields, Judge: Gerald Stern

2004: Vern Rutsala, How We Spent Our Time, Judge: Robert Wrigley

2003: Sharmila Voorakkara, Fire Wheel, Judge: Maxine Kumin

2002: Roger Mitchell, Delicate Bait, Judge: Charles Simic

2001: George Bilgere, The Good Kiss, Judge: Billy Collins

2000: John Minczeski, Circle Routes, Judge: Mary Oliver

1999: Dennis Hinrichsen, Detail from the Garden of Earthly Delights, Judge: Yusef Komunyakaa

1998: Beckian Fritz Goldberg, Never Be the Horse, Judge: Thomas Lux

1997: Jeanne E. Clark, Ohio Blue Tips, Judge: Alice Fulton

1996: Clare Rossini, Winter Morning with Crow, Judge: Donald Justice

1995: Susan Yuzna, Her Slender Dress, Judge: Charles Wright


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