Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

Established in 1981, the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize is administered by the
University of Pittsburgh Press. Named in honor of Agnes Lynch Starrett, the Press’s
first director, the prize is awarded for a first full-length book of poems.

The prize carries a cash award of $5,000 and publication by the University of
Pittsburgh Press as part of the Pitt Poetry Series. The series is edited by Ed Ochester, who also serves as final judge in the Starrett competition.

Wiiner of the 2018 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

The Tenant of Fire

Plenty of poems are written about Manhattan and Brooklyn but not many about the outer boroughs of New York City. Ryan Black’s excellent poems grow from his experience of south Queens, a place of varied ethnicity and economic classes, and such landmarks as Victory Field and Forest Park. That’s to say: a part of the City unknown to most tourists.

Ed Ochester

past winners

2017
I Can't Talk About the Trees Without the Blood

I Can't Talk About the Trees Without the Blood

By Tiana Clark

2016
Let's All Die Happy

Let's All Die Happy

By Erin Adair-Hodges

2015
In the Volcano's Mouth

In the Volcano's Mouth

By Miriam Bird Greenberg

2014
Wild Hundreds

Wild Hundreds

By Nate Marshall

2013
Best Bones

Best Bones

By Sarah Rose Nordgren

2012
Keeper

Keeper

By Kasey Jueds

2011
Salt Pier

Salt Pier

By Dore Kiesselbach

2010
Predatory

Predatory

By Glenn Shaheen

2009
Paper Anniversary

Paper Anniversary

By Bobby C. Rogers

2008
In Praise of Falling

In Praise of Falling

By Cheryl Dumesnil

2007
Dismantling the Hills

Dismantling the Hills

By Michael McGriff

2006
Velocity

Velocity

By Nancy Krygowski

2005
Brother Salvage

Brother Salvage

By Rick Hilles

2004
Blue on Blue Ground

Blue on Blue Ground

By Aaron Smith

2003
High Water Mark

High Water Mark

By David Shumate

2002
Pulling a Dragon’s Teeth

Pulling a Dragon’s Teeth

By Shao Wei

2001
A Defense of Poetry

A Defense of Poetry

By Gabriel Gudding

2000
Asylum

Asylum

By Quan Barry

1999
She Didn’t Mean to Do It

She Didn’t Mean to Do It

By Daisy Fried

1998
The Water Between Us

The Water Between Us

By Shara McCallum

1997
 City of a Hundred Fires

City of a Hundred Fires

By Richard Blanco

1996
Red Peony Night

Red Peony Night

By Helen Conkling

1995
Pears, Lake, Sun

Pears, Lake, Sun

By Sandy Solomon

1994
Mad River

Mad River

By Jan Beatty

1993
Red Under the Skin

Red Under the Skin

By Natasha Saje

1992
The Domestic Life

The Domestic Life

By Hunt Hawkins

1991
Sleeping Preacher

Sleeping Preacher

By Julia Kasdorf

1990
Walking Distance

Walking Distance

By Debra Allbery

1989
The Face in the Water

The Face in the Water

By Nancy Vieira Couto

1988
Toluca Street

Toluca Street

By Maxine Scates

1987
Torque

Torque

By David Rivard

1986
Kingdoms of the Ordinary

Kingdoms of the Ordinary

By Robley Wilson, Jr.

1984
Elegy on Independence Day

Elegy on Independence Day

By Aaron Smith

1983
The White Wave

The White Wave

By Kate Daniels

1982
Shouting at No One

Shouting at No One

By Lawrence Joseph

1981
Heart of the Garfish

Heart of the Garfish

By Kathy Callaway