2014 American Poets Prize Winners

By Dianna Dilworth Comment

americanpoetsThe Academy of American Poets has revealed the winners of the 2014 American Poets Prizes. The organization will give out more than $200,000 to poets in award money.

Robert Hass has won the Wallace Stevens Award, an honor which recognizes “proven mastery in the art of poetry” and comes with a $100,000 stipend. Hass is the author of a number of collections of poetry including The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems. Tracy K. Smith has received the Academy of American Poets Fellowship, which recognizes “distinguished poetic achievement” and comes with a stipend of $25,000. Her most recent collection, Life on Mars, won the Pulitzer Prize

Rigoberto González’s book Unpeopled Eden has received the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, which includes a $25,000 purse. The award  “recognizes the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous year.” Brian Blanchfield’s book A Several World  has been awarded the James Laughlin Award, a prize for a “superior second book of poetry by an American poet,” which carries a $25,000 prize.

W. S. Merwin’s Selected Translations has won the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award, which includes a $1,000 award. Luigi Bonaffini’s book The Bedroom, a translation of Attilio Bertolucci’s La Camera Da Letto, has won the Raiziss/De Palchi Book Prize, a $10,000 award. Wendy Chen has won the inaugural Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank Most Promising Poet Award for her poem “They Sail Across the Mirrored Sea.” The prize includes a $1,000 stipend.

The award winners will be honored at the American Poets Prizes ceremony on October 17, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. at The New School in New York, in a ceremony that is open to the public.