"Discovery" Poetry Contest Winners
May 1, 2015
Boston Review, in partnership with the 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center, proudly presents the winners of the 2015 “Discovery” Poetry Contest/Joan Leiman Jacobson Poetry Prizes. Now in its sixth decade, the contest recognizes and celebrates the achievements of poets who have not yet published a first book. Many past winners—including John Ashbery, Lucille Clifton, Mark Strand, and Ellen Bryant Voigt—have gone on to distinguished writing careers.
This year’s competition received more than 1,100 submissions, each of which was read carefully and anonymously by preliminary judges Camille Rankine and Boston Review poetry editor Timothy Donnelly. After much deliberating, judges Peter Gizzi, Atsuro Riley, and Susan Stewart awarded this year’s prizes to Jessica Fjeld (Boston, MA), Jenny George (Santa Fe, NM), Margaret Reges (Iowa City, IA), and Kit Schluter (Providence, RI). The judges praised the strength of the entries overall and noted the inventiveness, insightfulness, and variety of the poems. The four runners-up are Kenzie Allen (Ann Arbor, MI), Becca Liu (Austin, TX), Beth Seetch (Easton, PA), and Jeanne Vanasco (Brooklyn, NY). Winners read from their work at the Unterberg Poetry Center in New York on May 4, 2015. See here for more details.
May 01, 2015