The 2019 Yale Series of Younger Poets Winner: Jill Osier

Yale University Press is pleased to announce a winner in the 2019 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. The judge, prize-winning and critically acclaimed poet Carl Phillips, has chosen Jill Osier’s manuscript, The Solace Is Not the Lullaby.

Series judge Carl Phillips says: “‘It might have happened/at the river,’ begins one poem, called ‘Story,’ after which we are told several things, but never what happened, or to whom – a situation that could, in less capable hands, lead to reader frustration. But the poems of Osier’s The Solace Is Not the Lullaby quietly, cumulatively, persuasively argue for restraint and precision (both too often forgotten in contemporary poetry) as tools for the confession that the art of story – of telling – finally amounts to. The poems give record not to what’s been lost, but to the knowing ‘you may have had something/but lost it.’ The knowing, suggests Osier, may well be enough, or have to be. Her poems announce what must suffice: ‘We have seen every edge, they say,/and you were right.’ Osier’s is a sensibility unlike any I’ve encountered before – the poems here are thrilling, and strangely new.”

Yale University Press will publish Osier’s book in April 2020. The manuscript is Phillips’ ninth selection as judge and the 114th volume in the series. Carl Phillips’ eighth selection, Yanyi’s The Year of Blue Water, will be published by Yale University Press on March 26, 2019.

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The Year of Blue Water

2018 winner, now available for purchase


Yanyi’s arresting and straightforward poems weave experiences of immigration as a Chinese American, of racism, of mental wellness, and of gender from a queer and trans perspective.

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History of the Prize

The Yale Series of Younger Poets champions the most promising new American poets. Awarded since 1919, the Yale Younger Poets prize is the oldest annual literary award in the United States. Past winners include Muriel Rukeyser, Adrienne Rich, William Meredith, W.S. Merwin, John Ashbery, John Hollander, James Tate, and Carolyn Forché. Louise Glück was the judge of the Series from 2003-2010, and Carl Phillips is the current judge.