T. S. Eliot Prize (Truman State University)

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The T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry is awarded annually by Truman State University, which is a United States university located in Missouri. First awarded in 1997, the prize is given "for the best unpublished book-length collection of poetry in English, in honor of native Missourian T. S. Eliot’s considerable intellectual and artistic legacy".[1] Eliot won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. The prize includes publication of the collection as well as a purse of $2000. Poets submit their unpublished collections to Truman State University Press for each year's competition. A well-known poet is chosen each year to judge the collections, and to select the winner and several finalists.

List of winners[edit]

The winners, collection titles, and judges of the annual Prize are listed below. In addition to the winner, several finalists are announced for each year's competition. The complete list of winners and finalists is posted at the Truman State University Press website.[2] As examples, Deborah Warren and A. M. Juster were finalists, and both Patty Seyburn and Daniel Bourne have been finalists twice.

Winners of the T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry[2]
Year Poet Collection Judge
2016 Alison D. Moncrief Bromage Daughter, Daedalus Jennifer Clement
2015 Laura Bylenok Warp Arthur Sze
2014 Ilyse Kusnetz Small Hours Dorianne Laux
2013 Luc Phinney Compass Sherod Santos
2012 David Livewell Shackamaxon Sandra McPherson
2011 B. K. Fisher Mutiny Gallery Tony Barnstone
2010 Dean Rader Works and Days Claudia Keelan
2009 David Moolten[3] Primitive Mood Virgil Suárez
2008 Victoria Brockmeier my maiden cowboy names Grace Schulman
2007 Carol V. Davis Into the Arms of Pushkin: Poems of St. Petersburg Alberto Rios
2006 Rebecca Dunham The Miniature Room Naomi Shihab Nye
2005 Mona Lisa Saloy Red Beans and Ricely Yours Ishmael Reed
2004 Michael Sowder The Empty Boat Diane Wakoski
2003 Barbara Campbell Erotic Distance C. D. Wright
2002 James Gurley Human Cartography David Wagoner
2001 Christopher Bakken After Greece Lynne McMahon
2000 H. L. Hix Rational Numbers Dana Gioia
1999 David Keplinger The Rose Inside Mary Oliver
1998 Rhina Espaillat Where Horizons Go X. J. Kennedy
1997 William Baer The Unfortunates Samuel Maio


  1. ^ "Truman State University Press - Prizes". Truman State University. Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2011-03-09.
  2. ^ a b "T. S. Eliot Prize - Winners and Finalists". Truman State University. Archived from the original on 2010-09-02. Retrieved 2011-03-09.
  3. ^ Lenfield, Spencer (October 2010). "Physician Poet". Harvard Magazine. Harvard University.