Barnard Women Poets Prize

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The Barnard Women Poets Prize is a literary award in the United States for an English language book of poetry. From 1986 to 2001, the prize was a first-book award called the Barnard New Women Poets Prize. Winners had their poetry book published under the auspices of the award, and 16 were published from 1986 to 2001 with support from the Axe-Houghton Foundation and alumnae of Barnard College. Beacon Press was the publisher.[1]

A 2000 essay in the Chicago Review named this prize as one of two examples (along with the Yale Series of Younger Poets) of "first-book awards of notable integrity".[2]

In 2003, Women Poets at Barnard, in collaboration with W.W. Norton, inaugurated a new biennial book prize for the best second book by an American woman poet, expressing the view that "a second book more firmly establishes a poet".[3] It is awarded by Women Poets at Barnard and the publisher W.W. Norton & Company and includes publication of the poetry book and a free public poetry reading by the author at Barnard. [4]

Winners and judges[edit]

Year Winner Book Judge
2013 Sandra Lim The Wilderness Louise Glück[4]
2011 Traci Brimhall Our Lady of the Ruins Carolyn Forché
2009 Sandra Beasley I Was the Jukebox Joy Harjo
2007 Lisa Williams Woman Reading to the Sea Joyce Carol Oates
2006 Cathy Park Hong Dance Dance Revolution Adrienne Rich
2005 Julie Sheehan Orient Point Billy Collins
2004 Tessa Rumsey The Return Message
2003 Rebecca Wolff Figment
2001 Lise Goett Waiting for the Paraclete[5]
2000 Sharan Strange Ash Sonia Sanchez
1999 Christine Hume Musica Domestica Heather McHugh
1998 Jenna Osman The Character Lyn Hejinian
1997 Larissa Szporluk Dark Sky Question Brenda Hillman
1996 Harriet Levin The Christmas Show[6] Eavan Boland
1995 Reetika Vazirani White Elephants Marilyn Hacker
1994 Joyce Sutphen Straight Out of View
1993 Donna Masini That Kind of Danger Mona Van Duyn
1992 Ruth Foreman We Are the Young Magicians Cherrie Maraga
1991 Frances McCue The Stenographer's Breakfast Colleen J. McElroy
1990 Dorothy Barresi All of the Above Olga Broumas
1989 Barbara Jordan Channel Molly Peacock
1988 Mary B. Campbell The World, The Flesh, and angels Carolyn Forché
1987 Elizabeth Socolow Laughing at Gravity: Conversations with Isaac Newton Marie Ponsot
1986 Patricia Storace Heredity Louise Bernikow


  1. ^ "Women Poets", Barnard College Department of English (accessed 2014-05-15).
  2. ^ Geoffrey Treacle, "Cultural Capital", Chicago Review, March 22, 2000  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  3. ^ Karen W. Arenson, "Bulletin Board; The Second Book of Poetry", The New York Times, June 11, 2003.
  4. ^ a b Sandra Lim awarded 2013 Barnard Women Poets Prize Barnard
  5. ^ Waiting for the Paraclete (review), Publishers Weekly, March 18, 2002.
  6. ^ "Harriet Levin", Philadelphia City Paper, June 19–26, 1997.

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