Poetry Center Book Award Winners 1980–present

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bullet2013
for submission of 2013 books see here

bullet2012
Stephen Ratcliffe
for Selected Days (Counterpath)
Judge: anonymous

bullet2011
Wanda Coleman for The World Falls Away (University of Pittsburgh)
Judge: Brenda Coultas

bullet2010
Khaled Mattawa for Toqueville (New Issues/University of Michigan)
Judge: Ravi Shankar

bullet2009
Joseph Stroud for Of This World: New and Selected Poems (Copper Canyon)
Judge: Peter Weltner

bullet2008
Barbara Guest (awarded posthumously) for The Collected Poems of Barbara Guest (ed. Hadley Haden Guest, Wesleyan University Press)
Judge: Eileen Tabios

bullet2007
Noah Eli Gordon for Novel Pictorial Noise (Harper Books)
Judge: Sesshu Foster

bullet2006

Rigoberto Gonzalez for Other Fugitives and Other Strangers (Tupelo Press)
Judge: Bhanu Kapil

bullet2005
Dara Wier for Reverse Rapture (Verse Press)
Judge: Stephen Rodefer

bullet2004

Adrienne Rich for The School Among the Ruins (W.W. Norton)
Judge: Mark McMorris

bullet 2003

Fanny Howe for Gone (University of California Press)
Judge: Larry Kearney

bullet2002
Truong Tran for dust and conscience (Apogee Press)
Judge: Juan Felipe Herrera

bullet2001
Anselm Hollo for Notes on the Attractions and Possibilites of Existence: Selected Poems 1965-2000 (Coffee House Press)
Judge: Joanne Kyger

bullet2000
Kevin Davies
for Comp. (Edge Books)
Judge: Kevin Killian

bullet1999
Cole Swensen
for Try (University of Iowa Press)
Judge: Elizabeth Robinson

bullet1998
Elaine Equi
for Voice Over (Coffee House Press)
Judge: Thom Gunn

bullet1997
Belle Waring
for Dark Blonde (Sarabande Books)
Judge: Mark Doty

bullet1996
Alicia Suskin Ostriker
for The Crack in Everything (University of Pittsburgh Press)
Judge: Toi Derricotte

bullet1995
Robert Wrigley
for In the Bank of Beautiful Sins (Penguin Books)
Judge: James Tate

bullet1994
Jane Hirschfield
for The October Palace (HarperCollins)
Judge: Alison Deming

bullet1993
Barbara Guest
for Defensive Rapture (Sun & Moon)
Judge: Ann Lauterbach

bullet1992
Julia Randall
for The Path to Fairview: New and Selected Poems
(Louisiana State U. Press)
Judge: Marilyn Hacker

bullet'1991
C.D. Wright
for String Light (University of Georgia Press)
Judge: Arthur Sze

bullet1990
Carol Snow
for Artist and Model (Atlantic Monthly Press)
Judge: Nathaniel Mackey

bullet1989
Luis J. Rodriguez
for Poems Across the Pavement (Tía Chucha Press) and
Adrian C. Louis for Fire Water World (West End Press)
Judge: Jimmy Santiago Baca

bullet1988
Leslie Scalapino
for way (North Point Press)
Judge: Alice Notley

1987
Lyn Hejinian
for My Life (Sun & Moon)
Judge: Michael Palmer

1986
Yusef Komunyakaa
for I Apologize for the Eyes in My Head
(Wesleyan University Press)
Judge: David Henderson

1985
Ron Silliman
for Paradise (Burning Deck)
Judge: C.D. Wright

1984
Jackson Mac Low
for Bloomsday (Station Hill Press) and
Diane Ward for Never Without One (Roof Books)
Judge: Barrett Watten

1983
Larry Eigner
for Water/Places/A Time (Black Sparrow Press) and
Laura Moriarty
for Persia (Chance Additions)
Judge: Beverly Dahlen

1982
Stephen Rodefer
for Four Lectures (The Figures) and
Gloria Frym for Back to Forth (The Figures)
Judge: Anselm Hollo

1981
Alice Notley
for How Spring Comes (Toothpaste Press)
and John Hildebidle for The Old Chore (Alice James Books)
Judges: Kathleen Fraser and Jack Marshall

1980
Sharon Olds
for Satan Says (University of Pittsburgh Press)
Judges: Sandra Gilbert and Mark Linenthal



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