Our readers are always changing — a rotating panel of five final judges, representing a cross-section of the American poetry community, chooses the winners from submissions postmarked on or before July 1 each year. And, a group of qualified screeners meets at CGU’s Kingsley Tufts Poetry Awards offices to screen all submissions and select approximately 50 titles for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and 25 titles for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award to forward to the final judges. Here’s our 2022 awards year team:

2022 Director of the Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards:

Lori Anne Ferrell, Dean of the School of Arts & Humanities at Claremont Graduate University, John D. and Lillian Maguire Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, and Director of Early Modern Studies Program

2022 Screening Committee:

Lois P. Jones, poet and author of Night Ladder, poetry editor of Kyoto Journal
Douglas Manuel, poet and author of Testify, Bayard Rustin Fellow at Whittier College
Alexandra Umlas is the author of the full-length poetry collection At the Table of the Unknown

2022 Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards Final Judges:

Patricia Smith, poet, spoken-word performer, playwright, and writing teacher; author of Incendiary Art, winner of the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Award
Diana Khoi Nguyen, poet and multimedia artist; author of Ghost Of, winner of the 2019 Kate Tufts Discovery Award
Prageeta Sharmapoet and professor at Pomona College in Claremont, CA
Carmen Giménez Smith, poet and editor, co-director of Latinx poet community CantoMundo; publisher of Noemi Press
Lynne Thompson, 2021 Poet Laureate for the city of Los Angeles, board member of Los Angeles Review of Books and Cave Canem, Scripps College Chair of the Board of Trustees