The PSA's Annual Awards are among the most prestigious honors available to poets. They offer emerging and established poets recognition at all stages of their careers, including our student poetry award and book awards for publishers.
2021 Anna Rabinowitz Award
October 1- December 31, 2020
The Anna Rabinowitz Prize is awarded to poets and their collaborators for venturesome, interdisciplinary work made in the previous year and combining poetry and any other art or discipline.
Work that qualifies includes but is not limited to books that blend visual art and poetry, original performances of dance and poetry (or dance based on poetry ) and of music and poetry (including libretti based on poetry) as well as more eclectic collaborations involving poetry and technology, the sciences or math.
Candidates are required to provide material documenting their projects. These will be key to the judging process. Panels, discussions, and programs focused on dialogue between disciplines rather than the creation of a new work are not eligible.
The finished work should have been produced or published in 2020 but can involve or be based in part on work from any era. And all are welcome to apply singly if the work involving more than one discipline has been accomplished alone.
Honorarium: $1,000 to be divided equally between or among the principals if not awarded to a single artist.
The prize is established by the children of Anna Rabinowitz to honor her boundless curiosity, creativity, and artistic accomplishments.
THIS YEAR'S JUDGE
Lillian-Yvonne Bertram is the author of Travesty Generator, (Noemi Press, 2019), How Narrow My Escapes (Diagram/New Michigan Press, 2019), Personal Science (Tupelo Press, 2017), the artist book Grand Dessein (Container, 2017), a slice from the cake made of air (Red Hen Press, 2016), and But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise (Red Hen Press, 2012), chosen by Claudia Rankine as winner of the 2010 Benjamin Saltman Award. Recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Poetry Fellowship, and other awards, they are the current Director of the MFA in Creative Writing at UMass Boston and also direct The Chautauqua Writers' Festival.
The Poetry Society of America is grateful to and admiring of the nation's poetry publishers for their faithful support and promotion of the art. In particular, we wish to thank the following book publishers for supporting our Annual Awards Ceremony.