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 2021 awards year team:

2021 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

2021 Screening Committee:

Elline Lipkin, poet, scholar, and instructor for Writing Workshops Los Angeles
Douglas Manuel, poet and Middleton and Dornsife fellow at the University of Southern California
Alexandra Umlas is the author of the full-length poetry collection At the Table of the Unknown (Moon Tide Press)

2021 Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards Final Judges:

Timothy Donnelly, 2012 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award recipient and Associate Professor at Columbia University
Prageeta Sharma poet and professor at Pomona College in Claremont, CA
Meghan O’Rourke, poet, essayist, memoirist, and editor of the Yale Review
Luis J. Rodriguez, poet, writer, and founding editor of Tia Chucha Press
Patricia Smith, poet, spoken-word performer, playwright, and writing teacher