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Awarded annually, the $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize honors a living US poet whose lifetime accomplishments warrant extraordinary recognition. Established in 1986 by the Indianapolis philanthropist Ruth Lilly, the prize is one of the most prestigious awards given to American poets.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

September 14, 2021

Chicago’s Own Patricia Smith Receives High Honor

Past Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize Recipients

    • Image of Marilyn Chin

      2020

      Marilyn Chin was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Portland, Oregon. She earned a BA in Chinese literature from the University of Massachusetts and an MFA from the...

    • Black and white portrait of Marilyn Nelson in a shirt with a fenced background

      2019

      Marilyn Nelson was born in Cleveland, Ohio, into a military family: she is the daughter of one of the last of the Tuskegee Airmen. Her mother was a teacher. Nelson...

    • Black and white photo of the poet Martín Espada.

      2018

      As a poet, essayist, translator, editor, and attorney, Martín Espada has dedicated much of his career to the pursuit of social justice, including fighting for human rights and reclaiming the...

Five Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships in the amount of $25,800 each will be awarded to young poets through a national competition sponsored by the Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine. Established in 1989 by the Indianapolis philanthropist Ruth Lilly and increased in 2013 with a gift from the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Fund, the fellowships are intended to encourage the further study and writing of poetry.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

September 14, 2021

Poetry Foundation Announces the 2021 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships Winners

2021 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellows

  • 2021 Fellow

    Bryan Byrdlong grew up in Chicago. He earned a BA from Vanderbilt University and an MFA in creative writing from University of Michigan. His poetry has appeared in many journals,...

  • 2021 Fellow

    Steven Espada Dawson grew up in Los Angeles. He earned a BA from University of Colorado Denver and an MFA in creative writing from Purdue University. His poems have appeared...

  • 2021 Fellow

    Noor Hindi is a Palestinian-American poet and reporter. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry magazine, Hobart, and Jubilat. Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in American...

  • 2021 Fellow

    Natasha Rao is the author of Latitude (September 2021), selected by Ada Limón as winner of the 2021 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize. Her poems have appeared or are...

  • 2021 Fellow

    Simon Shieh is a poet, writer, and educator. He earned a BA from San Diego State University. From 2015 to 2017, he served as a Princeton in Asia fellow teaching...

  • Past Fellows

Awarded every two years, the $25,000 laureate title is given to a living writer in recognition of a career devoted to writing exceptional poetry for young readers. The laureate advises the Poetry Foundation on matters relating to young people’s literature and may engage in a variety of projects to help instill a lifelong love of poetry among the nation’s developing readers. This laureateship aims to promote poetry to children and their families, teachers, and librarians over the course of its two-year tenure.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

August 25, 2020
Naomi Shihab Nye’s Tenure Extended

This award honors the best book-length works of criticism published in the prior calendar year, including biographies, essay collections and critical editions that consider the subject of poetry or poets.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

September 14, 2021

Susan Briante Honored for Hybrid Work of Criticism