Past Contest Winners

Shame | Shame Devin Becker [selected by David St. John]
Revising the Storm Geffrey Davis [selected by Dorianne Laux]
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

Devin Becker is awarded the 13th annual A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize

Devin Becker is the winner of the thirteenth annual A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize for his collection Shame | Shame. The collection was selected from nearly 500 manuscript submissions by renowned poet David St. John. Devin Becker will receive a $1,500 honorarium and book publication by BOA Editions, Ltd. in spring 2015.

Of the collection, David St. John says, “Devin Becker’s Shame | Shame is a brilliant debut collection. Here, the prose poem has been re-imagined as a cinematic vignette, yet rooted as deeply in the American Northwest as anything in Richard Hugo and David Lynch. Raw, intimate, and elliptical in its metaphysics, Becker’s poetry captures an idiomatic recklessness while navigating those angular narratives of our contemporary lives.”

Two finalists were also selected: Nostalgia for a World Where We Can Live by Monica Berlin, and Load Save Game by Briony Gylgayton.

Devin Becker holds degrees from Williams College, the University of California, Irvine, and Indiana University. His poetry and research articles appear widely in such places as American Archivist, Cutbank, Faultline, Microform and Digitization Review, Prairie Schooner, and Washington Square, among many others. He currently lives in Moscow, Idaho, where he works as the digital initiatives and web services librarian at the University of Idaho Library.

David St. John has been honored with many of the most significant awards for poets, including fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts and The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, both The Rome Fellowship and an Award in Literature from The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the O. B. Hardison Prize (a career award for teaching and poetic achievement) from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the George Drury Smith Lifetime Achievement Award, and a grant from the Ingram Merrill Foundation. His work has been published in countless literary magazines, including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Harper’s, Antaeus, and The New Republic, and has been widely anthologized.