The PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry of $5,000 is given in odd-numbered years and recognizes the high literary character of the published work to date of a new and emerging American poet of any age and the promise of further literary achievement.


The winner will be announced on February 22, 2017.


Camille Dungy is the author of Smith BlueSuck on the Marrow , and What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison. She edited Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, co-edited the From the Fishouse poetry anthology, and served as assistant editor for Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade. Her honors include an American Book Award, two Northern California BookAwards, a California Book Award silver medal, a Sustainable Arts Foundation grant, two NAACP Image Award nominations, and a fellowship from the NEA. Trophic Cascade, her newest collection of poems, will be published in February of 2017, and Guidebook to Relative Strangers, her first collection of personal essays, will be appearing in the summer of 2017. She lives in Colorado with her husband and daughter and is a professor at Colorado State University.

Ada Limón is the author of four books of poetry, including Bright Dead Things, which was named a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, a finalist for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award, and one of the Top Ten Poetry Books of the Year by the New York Times. Her other books include Lucky Wreck, This Big Fake World, and Sharks in the Rivers.


Patrick Philips ’ third book of poems, Elegy for a Broken Machine, was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2015. A past Guggenheim and NEA fellow, he is also the author of Boy and Chattahoochee, which won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Phillips’ first book of nonfiction, Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America, was published by W. W. Norton in 2016. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Drew University.



Past Winners

Ishion Hutchinson, Peter Covino, Nick Flynn, Richard Matthews, Dana Levin, Yerra Sugarman, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, and Saeed Jones.  

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