2018 Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Award Winners

Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award
Patricia Smith

Patricia Smith receives the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for Incendiary Art: Poems (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern UP). Smith is the author of eight books of poetry, including Incendiary Art; Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah and Blood Dazzler. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, Tin House and in Best American Poetry, Best American Essays and Best American Mystery Stories. A Guggenheim fellow, NEA grant recipient, and two-time winner of the Pushcart Prize, Patricia currently teaches at the College of Staten Island and in the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College.

2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award Finalists

Kathy Fagan, Sycamore (Milkweed). Fagan’s fifth book is Sycamore (Milkweed, 2017), for which she was awarded Ohio Poet of the Year and the Raymond J. Hanley Prize. Her first book was a National Poetry Series winner and her second collection won the Vassar Miller Prize. She has received fellowships from the NEA, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and Ohio Arts Council. Fagan currently directs the MFA Program at Ohio State, where she also serves as Series Editor for the OSU Press/The Journal Wheeler Poetry Prize.

Ishion Hutchinson, House of Lords and Commons (FSG). IHutchinson was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. He is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Writers Award, the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award and the Larry Levis Prize from the Academy of American Poets, among others. He teaches in the graduate writing program at Cornell University and is a contributing editor to the literary journals The Common and Tongue: A Journal of Writing & Art.

Paisley Rekdal, Imaginary Vessels (Copper Canyon Press). Rekdal has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Fellowship, a Civitella Ranieri Residency, an NEA Fellowship, Pushcart Prizes, the 2016 AWP Nonfiction Prize, and various state arts council awards. Her poems and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, The New Republic, Tin House, the Best American Poetry series (2012, 2013, 2017 and 2018), and on National Public Radio, among others.  She teaches at the University of Utah, where she is also the creator and editor of the community web project Mapping Salt Lake City.

Monica Youn, Blackacre (Graywolf Press). Youn is the author of two previous poetry collections, Barter and Ignatz, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. A former lawyer, she teaches at Princeton University and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

Kate Tufts Discovery Award
Donika Kelly

Donika Kelly receives the 2018 Kate Tufts Discovery Award for Bestiary (Graywolf Press). Kelly is a poet and a scholar. Her poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. She lives in western New York, where she teaches at St. Bonaventure University. Bestiary is her debut collection and is the winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize.

2018 Kate Tufts Discovery Award Finalists

Ari Banias, Anybody (W.W. Norton). Banias was born in Los Angeles, grew up in the Chicago area, and lives in Berkeley, CA, where he teaches poetry and works with small press books. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Guernica, LARB Quarterly, POETRY, A Public Space, The Volta, and as part of the MOTHA exhibition Transgender Hirstory in 99 Objects. He is the recipient of the 2014 Cecil Hemley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America and the 2012 Campbell Corner Prize, and has been awarded fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and Stanford University’s Wallace Stegner program.

Layli Long Soldier, Whereas (Graywolf). Long Soldier has been a contributing editor to Drunken Boat and is poetry editor at Kore Press; in 2012, her participatory installation, Whereas We Respond, was featured on the Pine Ridge Reservation. In 2015, Long Soldier was awarded a National Artist Fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation and a Lannan Literary Fellowship for Poetry.

Tommy Pico, IRL (Birds, LLC). Pico is a poet from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation. He authored the books IRL (Birds LLC, 2016), Nature Poem (Tin House Books, 2017), and Junk (Tin House Books, 2018). He was a Queer/Art/Mentors inaugural fellow, 2013 Lambda Literary fellow in poetry, 2016 Tin House summer poetry scholar, and a 2017 NYSCA/NYFA fellow in poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts. He is co-curator of the reading series Poets With Attitude (PWA) with Morgan Parker, co-hosts the podcast Food 4 Thot, and is a contributing editor at Literary Hub. His Myers-Briggs is IDGAF.

Mai Der Vang, Afterland (Graywolf). Vang is the author of Afterland, winner of the 2016 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets and longlisted for the 2017 National Book Award in Poetry. She is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship and was born and raised in Fresno, California.