The PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry is given in odd-numbered years and alternates with the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry. It 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 and confers upon them an award of $5,000. Poets nominated for the award may not have published more than one book of poetry.
Jonah Mixon-Webster, 2019 Winner
From the judges’ citation: For the high literary character of his debut collection, Stereo(TYPE), which explores the intersection of space and body, race and region, and sexuality and class; and wrestles with the ongoing crisis in Flint, MI.
1999 Nick Flynn, Some Ether: Poems (Graywolf Press)
2001 Richard Matthews, The Mill is Burning (Grove Press)
2003 Dana Levin, In the Surgical Theater (Copper Canyon Press)
2005 Yerra Sugarman, Forms of Gone (Sheep Meadow)
2007 Peter Covino, Cut Off the Ears of Winter (New Issues Poetry)
2009 Jeffrey Yang, An Aquarium (Graywolf Press)
2011 Ishion Hutchinson, Far District (Peepal Tree Press Ltd.)
2013 Rowan Ricardo Phillips, The Ground (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
2015 Saeed Jones, Prelude to Bruise (Coffee House Press)
2017 Natalie Scenters-Zapico, The Verging Cities (Center for Literary Publishing/Colorado State University)
2019 Jonah Mixon-Webster, Stereo(TYPE) (Ahsahta Press)
- Only Professional Members of PEN America who are in good standing may nominate a writer for this award. Review copies of the candidate’s work may be requested by the award judges. Become a member today.
- The online submission form will require:
- A statement of support that describes the literary character of the candidate’s work. Most importantly, nominations should articulate the degree of promise which the nominated poet’s work indicates.
- Detailed information on the publication of the candidate’s first and only poetry collection.