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May Swenson Poetry Award

This annual competition, named for May Swenson, honors her as one of America's most provocative and vital writers. In John Hollander's words, she was "one of our few unquestionably major poets." During her long career, May was loved and praised by writers from virtually every school of American poetry. (Photo copyright L.H. Clark.) Visit this page for submission guidelines.


16 items in May Swenson Poetry Award

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About the Dead

by Travis Mossotti

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All That Divides Us

by Elinor Benedict

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The Borgo of the Holy Ghost

by Stephen McLeod

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The Hammered Dulcimer

by Lisa Williams

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Haywire

by George Bilgere

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The Lame God

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by M. B. McLatchey

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Mrs. Ramsay's Knee

by Idris Anderson

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Necessary Light

by Patricia Fargnoli

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Neck of the World

by F. Daniel Rzicznek

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Ode to the Heart Smaller than a Pencil Eraser

by Luisa A. Igloria

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The Owl Question

by Faith Shearin

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Plato's Breath

by Randall R. Freisinger

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She Took Off Her Wings and Shoes

by Suzette Marie Bishop

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Tomorrow's Living Room

by Jason Whitmarsh

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Where She Always Was

by Frannie Lindsay

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Zorba's Daughter

by Elisabeth Murawski

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2014 FINALISTS

Luisa A. Igloria, Ode to the Heart Smaller than a Pencil Eraser
KMA Sullivan, Necessary Fire
Janis Harrington, Waiting for the Hurricane: A Memoir in Verse
Bell Francesca, Bright Stain
William Winfield Wright, Birds vs. Cosmonauts
Lisa Dordal, The Lies that Save Us
Christine Stewart-Nunez, Bodhisattva of the Kitchen Sink
Heather Altfeld, The Disappearing Theatre
Ronda Broatch, My Cup is a Lake of Fallen Constellations
Athena Kildegaard, Nocturne
Matthew Minicucci, Aristeia
Ashely Seitz Kramer, Museum of Distance
Mary Buchinger, Aerialist
Rebecca Morgan Frank, Out of the Ruins
Richard Robbins, When the Other Man Asked Him Did He Pray
Brandon Lewis, The Conduction Trials
Ruth Moon Kempher, Hello, Goodbye, God Bless
Andrea Carter Brown, Later, Venus
Suzanne Wise, The Body You Left Behind
Randolph Thomas, The Course of the Telling
Christina Hutchins, The Generation of Magnitudes
Robert Lunday, Love the Animals, Including Me
Ann Keniston, Lament / Praise
Gary Fincke, After the Three-Moon Era
Judy Rowe Michaels, This Morning I Wanted to Tell You
Kate Partridge, Say When
Sarah Kain, Gutowski Fabulous Beast
Todd Hearon, No Other Gods
Michael Lavers, The Theory of Everything