The 2019 Walt Whitman Award Is Ready for You!

The 2019 Walt Whitman Award Is Ready for You!

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The Academy of American Poets announced that 2019 Walt Whitman Award, the nation’s most valuable first-book prize for poetry, is ready for the next poet-to-be! This year’s judge will be Li-Young Lee.   Established in 1975, the Academy of American Poets’ Walt Whitman Award is aimed at encouraging emerging poets. Previous award-embroidered poets includes Nicole Cooley, Suji Kwock Kim, Eric Pankey, Matt Rasmussen, Alberto Ríos, and Mai Der Vang, to name but a few. The most recent winner of the prize was Emily Skaja, for her book BRUTE, which was selected by judge Joy Harjo and will be published by Graywolf Press in April 2019.   According to the organization, the winner …