On Tuesday, August 26, the Academy of American Poets announced the winners of the 2014 American Poets Prizes, which are considered some of the most valuable poetry prizes awarded in America, with over $200,000 given out to poets at different stages of their careers. The following is a list of winners from the Academy’s website at poets.org.
- Robert Hass has received the WALLACE STEVENS AWARD, which is given annually to recognize outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry. Past winners of the prize have included John Ashbery, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Adrienne Rich.
- Tracy K. Smith has received the ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS FELLOWSHIP. Established in 1936 and given in memory of James Ingram Merrill, this prize recognizes distinguished poetic achievement. Past recipients include Gwendolyn Brooks, Robert Frost, and Ezra Pound.
- Rigoberto González’s book Unpeopled Eden (Four Way Books, 2013) has received the LENORE MARSHALL POETRY PRIZE. This prize recognizes the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous year. Past recipients include Wanda Coleman, Mark Jarman, and Stanley Kunitz.
- Brian Blanchfield’s book A Several World (Nightboat Books, 2014) has won the JAMES LAUGHLIN AWARD, which recognizes a superior second book of poetry by an American poet. Past recipients include Donald Hall, Sharon Olds, and Vijay Seshadri.
- W. S. Merwin’s Selected Translations (Copper Canyon Press, 2013) has won the HAROLD MORTON LANDON TRANSLATION AWARD. This prize recognizes a published translation of poetry from any language into English that demonstrates literary excellence.
- Luigi Bonaffini’s book The Bedroom (Chelsea Editions, 2013), a translation of Attilio Bertolucci’s La Camera Da Letto, has won the RAIZISS/DE PALCHI BOOK PRIZE. This prize recognizes outstanding translations of modern Italian poetry into English.
- Wendy Chen has won the inaugural ALIKI PERROTI AND SETH FRANK MOST PROMISING YOUNG POET AWARD for her poem “They Sail Across the Mirrored Sea.” Established in 2013, the prize is open to winners of the current year’s University & College Poetry Prizes, also given by the Academy of American Poets, that are twenty-three years old or younger.
- Hannah Sanghee Park’s manuscript, The Same-Different, was selected earlier this year for the WALT WHITMAN AWARD. Established in 1975 to encourage the work of emerging poets, the award includes first-book publication (by Louisiana State University Press in 2015).
From the Academy’s website: Now in its eightieth year, the Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization fostering an appreciation for contemporary poetry and supporting American poets. The organization produces poets.org, the world’s largest publicly-funded website for poets and poetry; National Poetry Month; American Poets magazine; and an annual series of poetry readings and special events. In addition, since its founding in 1934, the Academy has awarded more money to poets than any other organization through its American Poets Prizes.
Read more about the American Poets Prizes, the poets who won this year’s awards, and the Academy of American Poets at poets.org.