Past Contest Winners

The Stick Soldiers Hugh Martin [selected by Cornelius Eady]
Litany for the City Ryan Teitman [selected by Jane Hirshfield]
Walking the Dog's Shadow Deborah Brown [selected by Tony Hoagland]
Beautiful in the Mouth Keetje Kuipers [selected by Thomas Lux]
Big Back Yard Michael Teig [selected by Stephen Dobyns]
Elegy with a Glass of Whiskey Crystal Bacon [selected by Stephen Dunn]
Even the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone Janice N. Harrington [selected by Elizabeth Spires]
Falling to Earth Tom Hansen [selected by Molly Peacock]
The Boatloads Dan Albergotti [selected by Ed Hirsch]
The Eclipses David Woo [selected by Michael S. Harper]

Other titles in the New Poets of America Series
Along the Dark Shore (out of print) Edward Byrne
An Unkindness of Ravens Meg Kearney
Awake (out of print) Dorianne Laux
Beast is a Wolf with Brown Fire Barry Wallenstein
Bell 8 Rick Lyon
Borders Mary Crow
Bruise Theory Natalie Kenvin
Hour Between Dog and Wolf Laure-Anne Bosselaar
Hunting Down the Monk Adrie Kusserow
Hurricane Walk Diann Blakely
Meteorology Alpay Ulku
News of Home Debra Kang Dean
Rare Earths Deena Linett
Rose Li-Young Lee
Shattering Air David Biespiel
The Daughters of Discordia (out of print) Suzanne Owens
Where We Live Peter Makuck
Whomp and Moonshiver (out of print) Thomas Whitbread

Hugh Martin Is Awarded The 11th Annual A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize

Hugh Martin is the 11th A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize winner for his first collection of poems The Stick Soldiers. Cornelius Eady selected this manuscript and will write a Foreword to the published collection. Martin will receive a $1,500 honorarium and book publication by BOA in March 2013 in the A. Poulin, Jr. New Poets of America Series.

An annual competition, the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize is open to poets who have yet to publish a full-length-book collection of poetry. This year’s runner-ups were The Reformation by Katherine Bode-Lang and Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes by Kerrin McCadden. Hugh Martin’s winning manuscript was chosen from a field of 650 entries. Hugh Martin says, "It is an honor to be selected for the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. My sincere gratitude goes out to Cornelius Eady, Peter Conners, and BOA Editions for selecting my manuscript. It's exciting to know that these poems will get out into the world with such a fantastic press." 

BOA Editions will accept manuscripts for the 12th annual A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize between August 1 and November 30, 2012, of which poet Dorianne Laux will be the judge. An entry form and fee are required. See the guidelines for the 2012 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize here.

Hugh Martin is a veteran of the Iraq war and a graduate of Muskingum University. His chapbook, So How Was The War? (Kent State UP, 2010) was published by the Wick Poetry Center. He is finishing his MFA at Arizona State and will be a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University in the fall of 2012.

Cornelius Eady is co-founder of Cave Canem, a national organization for African American poetry and poets. His numerous awards include an NEA Fellowship in Literature and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry. He is the author of several books of poetry including the critically acclaimed Hardheaded Weather (Penguin, 2008), which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. He currently holds the Miller Family Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing at the University of Missouri-Columbia.