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Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry

The Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry is awarded annually to the best book-length manuscript of original poetry submitted in an open competition. The award is administered by the University of Wisconsin–Madison English department, and the winner is chosen by a nationally recognized poet. The resulting book is published by the University of Wisconsin Press. The prize was founded in 1994 and honors Felix Pollak, a popular Wisconsin poet and former curator of the Rare Book Room and Little Magazine Collection at the University of Wisconsin–Madison Memorial Library. Among his best-known books are The Castle and the Flaw, Tunnel Vision, and Benefits of Doubt.

For poetry guidelines and editor contact information, see the Poetry Guide.

Of related interest
The Brittingham Prize in Poetry
The Four Lakes Prize in Poetry

 

Winners of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry

The Sleeve Waves The Sleeve Waves
Angela Sorby
Winner of the 2014 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, selected by Naomi Shihab Nye
  About Crows
Craig Blais
Winner of the 2013 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, selected by Terrance Hayes
  Voodoo Inverso
Mark Wagenaar

Winner of the 2012 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, selected by Jean Valentine
  Last Seen
Jacqueline Jones LaMon

Winner of the 2011 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, selected by Cornelius Eady
  The Lightning That Strikes the Neighbors' House
Nick Lantz
Winner of the 2010 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, selected by Robert Pinsky
  Falling Brick Kills Local Man
Mark Kraushaar
Winner of the 2009 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, selected by Marilyn Nelson
 

The Royal Baker’s Daughter
Barbara Goldberg

Winner of the 2008 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, selected by David St. John
  Reunion
Fleda Brown
Winner of the 2007 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, selected by Linda Gregerson
  Funny
Jennifer Michael Hecht
Winner of the 2005 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, selected by Billy Collins
  A Sail to Great Island
Alan Feldman
Winner of the 2004 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, selected by Carl Dennis
  The Year We Studied Women
Bruce Snider
Winner of the 2003 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, selected by Kelly Cherry
  Ripe
Roy Jacobstein
Winner of the 2002 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, selected by Edward Hirsch
  Borrowed Dress
Cathy Colman
Winner of the 2001 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, selected by Mark Doty
  Ejo
Poems, Rwanda, 1991–1994
 
Derick Burleson
Winner of the 2000 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, selected by Alicia Ostriker
  Liver
Charles Harper Webb
Winner of the 1999 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, selected by Robert Bly
  Mrs. Dumpty
Chana Bloch
Winner of the 1998 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, selected by Donald Hall
  Don't Explain
Betsy Sholl
Winner of the 1997 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, selected by Rita Dove
  Fragments in Us
Dennis Trudell
Winner of the 1996 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, selected by Philip Levine
  The Legend of Light
Bob Hicok
Winner of the 1995 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, selected by Carolyn Kizer
  Now We're Getting Somewhere
David Clewell
Winner of the 1994 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, selected by Henry Taylor