Saeed Jones for Prelude to Bruise (Coffee House Press)
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.
From the Judges' Citation
Saeed Jones has written a necessary and urgent book. It interrogates the complications of race and sexuality and enacts how the pressures of history press into intimate, lived experience. We are moved by the liveness of this poet's invention, the brightness of energy, and the range of tone. The voice is irresistible."
Mary Szybist is most recently the author of Incarnadine, winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress, and the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center. Her first book Granted won the 2004 GLCA New Writers Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She lives in Portland, Oregon where she teaches at Lewis & Clark College. Photo Credit: Joni Kabana
Craig Morgan Teicher is the author of four books, including To Keep Love Blurry and the forthcoming The Trembling Answers. He is currently editing the selected writings of Delmore Schwartz and working on a book of essays.
Ishion Hutchinson, Peter Covino, Nick Flynn, Richard Matthews, Dana Levin, Yerra Sugarman, and Rowan Ricardo Phillips.
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