Ed Roberson is the 2016 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize recipient.
Awarded annually, the $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize honors a living US poet whose lifetime accomplishments warrant extraordinary recognition. Established in 1986 by Ruth Lilly, the prize is one of the most prestigious awards given to American poets.
Five Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships in the amount of $25,800 each will be awarded to young poets through a national competition sponsored by the Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine. Established in 1989 by the Indianapolis philanthropist Ruth Lilly, the fellowships are intended to encourage the further study and writing of poetry.
Awarded every two years, the $25,000 laureate title is given to a living writer in recognition of a career devoted to writing exceptional poetry for young readers. The laureate advises the Poetry Foundation on matters relating to young people’s literature and may engage in a variety of projects to help instill a lifelong love of poetry among the nation’s developing readers. This laureateship aims to promote poetry to children and their families, teachers, and librarians over the course of its two-year tenure.
June 3, 2015
Jacqueline Woodson Named Young People’s Poet Laureate
This annual award honors the best book-length works of criticism published in the prior calendar year, including biographies, essay collections and critical editions that consider the subject of poetry or poets.
May 11, 2016
Ed Roberson Awarded 2016 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize
The Emily Dickinson First Book Award is an occasional award that recognizes an American poet over the age of 40 who has yet to publish a first book. In addition to publication and promotion of the manuscript by Graywolf Press, the winner will receive a prize of $10,000.
Randall Jarrell Award in Criticism
The Randall Jarrell Award in Criticism recognizes and rewards poetry criticism that is intelligent and learned, as well as lively and enjoyable to read. The prize is intended for criticism aimed at a large general readership rather than an audience of specialists. Awards will be named from time to time, as appropriate to maintain the prestige and quality of the prizes. No applications or unsolicited nominations are accepted.
Neglected Masters Award
The Neglected Masters Award of $50,000 brings to the reading public renewed critical attention to the work of an under-recognized, significant American poet. If previously unpublished or no longer in print, the works of Neglected Masters are published in collaboration with the Library of America. Awards will be named annually or from time to time, as appropriate to maintain the prestige and quality of the prizes. No applications or unsolicited nominations are accepted.
Mark Twain Poetry Award
The Mark Twain Poetry Award of $25,000 recognizes a poet's contributions to humor in American poetry. The Award is given in the belief that humorous poetry can also be seriously good poetry, and in the hope that American poetry will in time produce its own Mark Twain. Awards will be named annually or from time to time, as appropriate to maintain the prestige and quality of the prizes. No applications or unsolicited nominations are accepted.
Verse Drama Prize
The Verse Drama Prize seeks to bring renewed attention to an under-recognized area of poetry. The prize will honor a living poet who has written a previously unpublished, outstanding original verse drama in English. The award recipient will receive a cash purse of $10,000 and a staged reading of his or her winning manuscript in Chicago. Awards will be named annually or from time to time, as appropriate to maintain the prestige and quality of the prizes. No applications or unsolicited nominations are accepted.
Ruth Lilly Prize Past Recipients