The Yale Younger Poets Prize is the oldest annual literary award in the United States. The competition is open to emerging poets who have not previously published a book of poetry and who reside in the United States.
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Carl Phillips Chooses Duy Doan as 2017 Yale Series of Younger Poets Winner for We Play a Game

Carl Phillips Chooses Duy Doan as 2017 Yale Series of Younger Poets Winner for We Play a Game

Yale University Press is pleased to announce a winner in the 2017 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. The judge, prize-winning and critically acclaimed poet Carl Phillips, has chosen Duy Doan’s manuscript, We Play a Game.   Series judge Carl Phillips says: “If games figure in Duy Doan’s We Play a Game, they do so...
Carl Phillips Chooses Airea D. Matthews As 2016 Yale Series Of Younger Poets Winner

Carl Phillips Chooses Airea D. Matthews As 2016 Yale Series Of Younger Poets Winner

Yale University Press is pleased to announce a winner in the 2016 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. The judge, prize-winning and critically acclaimed poet Carl Phillips, has chosen Airea D. Matthews’s manuscript, simulacra. Series judge Carl Phillips says: “Rebellion is the first word that comes to mind, when reading simulacra, Airea Matthews’s rollicking, destabilizing,...
Carl Phillips Chooses Noah Warren As 2015 Yale Series Of Younger Poets Winner

Carl Phillips Chooses Noah Warren As 2015 Yale Series Of Younger Poets Winner

Yale University Press is pleased to announce a winner in the 2015 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. The judge, prize-winning and critically acclaimed poet Carl Phillips, has chosen Noah Warren’s manuscript, The Destroyer in the Glass. Series judge Carl Phillips says: “The Destroyer in the Glass impresses at once with its wedding of intellect, heart,...
Q&A with Eryn Green, the 2013 Winner of Yale Series of Younger Poets

Q&A with Eryn Green, the 2013 Winner of Yale Series of Younger Poets

Yale University Press had the pleasure of interviewing Eryn Green, whose anthology, Eruv, won the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition in 2013. Here, we discussed about the life of a poet and the relevance of poetry in today’s modern society.   Yale University Press: What prompted you to start writing? And why poetry in particular as opposed to prose?...
Q&A with Will Schutt, the 2012 Winner of Yale Series of Younger Poets

Q&A with Will Schutt, the 2012 Winner of Yale Series of Younger Poets

Yale University Press had the pleasure of interviewing Will Schutt, whose anthology, Westerly, won the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition in 2012. Here, we discussed about writing poetry and the relevance of poetry in today’s modern society.   Yale University Press: What prompted you to start writing? And why poetry in particular as opposed to prose? Will Schutt: I had...
Carl Phillips Chooses Ansel Elkins as 2014 Yale Series of Younger Poets Winner

Carl Phillips Chooses Ansel Elkins as 2014 Yale Series of Younger Poets Winner

New Haven—Yale University Press is pleased to announce a winner in the 2014 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. The judge, prize-winning and critically acclaimed poet Carl Phillips, has chosen Ansel Elkins’s manuscript, BLUE YODEL. “Through her arresting use of persona, in particular, Ansel Elkins reminds us of the pivotal role of compassion in understanding others...