National Poetry Series


National Poetry Series Winners Foetry







At 12:45 PM on January 4th, 2006, I called the National Poetry Series and left a message identifying myself and why I was calling, but I have not received a return call. Until the NPS is willing to speak about their history and their current guidelines, I would strongly advise against submitting your manuscript and $30 “entry” fee. — Foetry editor, Alan Cordle

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    2004
  • David Friedman of New York, New York, The Welcome. Chosen by Stephen Dunn. Published by University of Illinois Press.
  • Tyehimba Jess of Brooklyn, New York, leadbelly. Chosen by Brigit Pegeen Kelly. Published by Verse Press.
  • Corinne Lee of Austin, Texas, PYX. Chosen by Pattiann Rogers. Published by Penguin Books.
  • Ange Mlinko of Brooklyn, New York, A Book Called Odile. Chosen by Bob Holman. Published by Coffee House Press.

  • Camille Norton of Stockton, California, Corruption. Chosen by Campbell McGrath. Published by HarperCollins.

  • 2003
  • Shiva’s Drum by Stephen Cramer. Selected by Grace Schulman. Published by University of Illinois Press.

  • Andrew Feld’s Citizen Chosen by Ellen Bryant Voigt. Published by HarperCollins Publishers.

  • Murder (a violet) by Raymond McDaniel. Selected by Anselm Hollo. Published by Coffee House Press.

  • John Spaulding The White Train: Poems from Photographs. Selected by Henry Taylor. Published by Louisiana State University Press.

  • Mark Yakich Unrelated Individuals Forming a Group Waiting to Cross. Selected by James Galvin. Published by Penguin Books.

  • 2002
  • Rhythm & Booze by Julie Kane. Selected by Maxine Kumin Published by University of Illinois Press.

  • Sanskrit of the Body by William Keckler. Selected by Mary Oliver Published by Viking Penguin.

  • The Monster Lives of Boys and Girls Eleni Sikelianos. Selected by Diane Ward Published by Green Integer.

  • The Standing Wave by Gabriel Spera. Selected by Dave Smith Published by HarperCollinsPublishers.

  • Tenderness Shore by Meredith Stricker. Selected by Fred Chapell Published by Louisiana State University.

  • 2001
  • Year of Morphines Betsy Brown. Selected by George Garrett. Published by Louisiana State University Press.

  • Theory of Devolution by David Groff. Selected by Mark Doty. Published by University of Illinois Press.

  • Hip Logic Terrance Hayes. Selected by Cornelius Eady. Published by Viking Penguin.

  • Edgewater Ruth L. Schwartz. Selected by Jane Hirshfield. Published by HarperCollinsPublishers.

  • Pure Descent Elizabeth Robinson. Selected by Fanny Howe. Published by Green Integer.

  • 2000
  • Anthem Jean Donnelly. Selected by Charles Bernstein. Published by Sun and Moon.

  • That Kind of Sleep Susan Atefat Peckham. Selected by Victor Hernandez Cruz. Published by Coffee House Press.

  • Tremolo Spencer Short. Selected by Billy Collins. Published by HarperCollinsPublishers.

  • Manderley Rebecca Wolff. Selected by Robert Pinsky. Published by University of Illinois Press.

  • Asunder Susan Wood. Selected by Garrett Hongo. Published by Viking Penguin.
  • 1999

  • Madame Deluxe, by Tenaya Darlington. Chosen by Lawson Inada. Published by Coffee House Press.

  • Nova, by Standard Schaefer. Chosen by Nick Piombino. Published by Sun & Moon Press.
  • Climbing Back, by Dionisio Mart├Źnez. Chosen by Jorie Graham. Published by W.W. Norton.

  • Drivers at the Short-Time Motel, by Eugene Gloria. Chosen by Yusef Komunyakaa. Published by Viking Penguin.

  • Renunciation, by Corey Marks. Chosen by Philip Levine. Published by University of Illinois Press.
  • 1998

  • Butterfly Effect, by Harry Humes. Chosen by Pattiann Rogers. Published by Milkweed Editions.

  • Atmosphere Conditions, by Ed Roberson. Chosen by Nathaniel Mackey. Published by Sun & Moon Press.

  • Looking for the Parade, by Joan Murray. Chosen by Robert Bly. Published by W.W. Norton.

  • Beyond Heart Mountain, by Lee Ann Roripaugh. Chosen by Ishmael Reed. Published by Viking Penguin.

  • So Often the Pitcher Goes to Water Until It Breaks, by Rigoberto Gonzalez. Chosen by Ai. Published by University of Illinois Press.
  • 1997

  • Except By Nature, by Sandra Alcosser. Chosen by Eamon Grennan. Published by Graywolf Press.

  • Tales of Murasaki and Other Poems, by Martine Bellen. Chosen by Rosmarie Waldrop. Published by Sun & Moon Press.

  • The Origins of Evening, by Robert Gibb. Chosen by Eavan Boland. Published by W.W. Norton.

  • Silent Treatment, by Lisa Lewis. Chosen by Stanley Plumly. Published by Penguin Books.

  • Lost Wax, by Heather Ramsdell. Chosen by James Tate. Published by University of Illinois Press.
  • 1996

  • Red Signature, by Mary Leader. Chosen by Deborah Digges. Published by Graywolf Press.

  • The Little Door Slides Back, by Jeff Clark. Chosen by Ray DiPalma. Published by Sun & Moon Press.
  • Placebo Effects, by Jeanne Marie Beaumont. Chosen by William Matthews. Published by W.W. Norton.
  • The New Intimacy, by Barbara Cully. Chosen by Carolyn Forche. Published by Viking Penguin Press.

  • Nine Skies, by A.V. Christie. Chosen by Sandra McPherson. Published by University of Illinois Press.
  • 1995

  • Leaving a Shadow, by Heather Allen. Chosen by Denise Levertov. Published by Copper Canyon Press.

  • Response, by Juliana Spahr. Chosen by Lyn Hejinian. Published by Sun & Moon Press.

  • Crash’s Law, by Karen Volkman. Chosen by Heather McHugh. Published by W.W. Norton.

  • Strange Relations, by Daniel Hall. Chosen by Mark Doty. Published by Viking Penguin Press.

  • The Broken World, by Marcus Cafagna. Chosen by Yusef Komunyakaa. Published by University of Illinois Press.
  • 1994

  • Infanta, by Erin Belieu. Chosen by Hayden Carruth. Published by Copper Canyon Press.

  • To Give It Up, by Pam Rehm. Chosen by Barbara Guest. Published by Sun & Moon Press.

  • A Hummock in the Malookas, by Matthew Rohrer. Chosen by Mary Oliver. Published by W.W. Norton.

  • The Human Abstract, by Elizabeth Willis. Chosen by Ann Lauterbach. Published by Penguin Books.

  • Theater of Animals, by Samn Stockwell. Chosen by Louise Gluck. Published by University of Illinois Press.
  • 1993

  • The Other Man Was Me: A Voyage to the New World, by Rafael Campo. Chosen by Gloria Vando. Published by Arte Publico Press.

  • Most Way Home, by Kevin Young. Chosen by Lucille Clifton. Published by William Morrow and Co.

  • The Landlady in Bangkok and Other Poems, by Karen Swenson. Chosen by Maxin Kumin. Published by Copper Canyon Press.

  • The Other Stars, by Rachel Wetzsteon. Chosen by John Hollander. Published by Viking Penguin.

  • The High Road to Taos, by Martin Edmunds. Chosen by Donald Hall. Published by University of Illinois Press.
  • 1992

  • Lost Body, by Terry Ehret. Chosen by Carolyn Kizer. Published by Copper Canyon Press.

  • Shorter Poems, by Gerald Burns. Chosen by Robert Creeley. Published by Dalkey Archive Press.

  • Debt, by Mark Levine. Chosen by Jorie Graham. Published by William Morrow and Co.

  • What We Don’t Know About Each Other, by Lawrence Raab. Chosen by Stephen Dunn. Published by Viking Penguin.

  • My Alexandria, by Mark Doty. Chosen by Philip Levine. Published by University of Illinois Press.
  • 1991

  • A Flower Whose Name I Do Not Know, by David Romtvedt. Chosen by John Haines. Published by Copper Canyon Press.

  • To Put the Mouth To, by Judith Hall. Chosen by Richard Howard. Published by William Morrow and Co.

  • As If, by James Richardson. Chosen by Amy Clampitt. Published by Persea Books.

  • Good Hope Road, by Stuart Dischell. Chosen by Thomas Lux. Published by Viking Penguin.

  • The Dig, by Lynn Emmanuel. Chosen by Gerald Stern. Published by University of Illinois Press.
  • 1990

  • Words For My Daughter, by John Balaban. Chosen by W.S. Merwin. Published by Copper Canyon Press.

  • Questions About Angels, by Billy Collins. Chosen by Edward Hirsch. Published by William Morrow and Co.

  • Rainbow Remnants in Rock Bottom Ghetto Sky, by Thylias Moss. Chosen by Charles Simic. Published by Persea Books.

  • The Island Itself, by Roger Fanning. Chosen by Michael Ryan. Published by Viking Penguin.

  • The Surface, by Laura Mullen. Chosen by C.K. Williams. Published by University of Illinois Press.
  • 1989

  • Terra Firma, by Thomas Centolella. Chosen by Denise Levertov. Published by Copper Canyon Press.

  • Artist and Model, by Carol Snow. Chosen by Robert Hass. Published by Atlantic Monthly Press.

  • The Brother’s Country, by Tom Andrews. Chosen by Charles Wright. Published by Persea Books.

  • Blessings in Disguise, by David Clewell. Chosen by Quincy Troupe. Published by Viking Penguin.

  • Stubborn, by Roland Flint. Chosen by Dave Smith. Published by University of Illinois Press.
  • 1988

  • Green The Witch Hazel Wood, by Emily Hiestand. Chosen by Jorie Graham. Published by Graywolf Press.

  • After We Lost Our Way, by David Mura. Chosen by Gerald Stern. Published by E.P. Dutton.

  • Black Wings, by Len Roberts. Chosen by Sharon Olds. Published by Persea Books.

  • No Mercy, by Lee Upton. Chosen by James Tate. Published by Atlantic Monthly Press.

  • The Great Bird of Love, by Paul Zimmer. Chosen by William Stafford. Published by University of Illinois Press.
  • 1987

  • A Guide to Forgetting, by Jeffrey Skinner. Chosen by Tess Gallagher. Published by Graywolf Press.

  • The Singing Underneath, by Jeffrey Harrison. Chosen by James Merrill. Published by E.P. Dutton.

  • The Good Thief, by Marie Howe. Chosen by Margaret Atwood. Published by Persea Books.

  • New Math, by Cole Swenson. Chosen by Michael Palmer. Published by William Morrow and Co.

  • The Hand of God And A Few Bright Flowers, by William Olsen. Chosen by David Wagoner. Published by University of Illinois Press.
  • 1986

  • Cardinals in the Ice Age, by John Engels. Chosen by Philip Levine. Published by Graywolf Press.

  • Red Roads, by Charlie Smith. Chosen by Stanley Kunitz. Published by E.P. Dutton.

  • Junk City, by Barbara Anderson. Chosen by Robert Pinsky. Published by Persea Books.

  • Little Star, by Mark Halliday. Chosen by Heather McHugh. Published by William Morrow and Co.
  • Cities in Motion, by Sylvia Moss. Chosen by Derek Walcott. Published by University of Illinois Press.
  • 1985

  • As Long As You’re Happy, by Jack Myers. Chosen by Seamus Heaney. Published by Graywolf Press.

  • Living Gloves, by Lynn Doyle. Chosen by Cynthia Macdonald. Published by E.P. Dutton.

  • Saints, by Reginald Gibbons. Chosen by Roland Flint. Published by Persea Books.

  • Local Time, by Stephen Dunn. Chosen by Dave Smith. Published by William Morrow and Co.
  • Palladium, by Alice Fulton. Chosen by Mark Strand. Published by University of Illinois Press.
  • 1984

  • Wild Onion, by Robert L. Jones. Chosen by Carolyn Forche. Published by Graywolf Press.

  • The Raft, by Kathy Fagan. Chosen by Daniel Halpern. Published by E.P. Dutton.

  • Afterwards, by Amy Bartlett. Chosen by Galway Kinnell. Published by Persea Books.

  • Silver & Information, by Bruce Smith. Chosen by Hayden Carruth. Published by University of Georgia Press.

  • Eroding Witness, by Nathaniel Mackey. Chosen by Michael Harper. Published by University of Illinois Press.
  • 1983

  • In the Solar Wind, by Wendy Battin. Chosen by William Matthews. Published by Doubleday & Co.

  • Ark 50, by Ronald Johnson. Chosen by Charles Simic. Published by E.P. Dutton.

  • God’s Mistress, by James Galvin. Chosen by Marvin Bell. Published by Harper & Row.

  • The Persistence of Memory, by Mary Fell. Chosen by Madeline deFrees. Published by Random House.

  • Black Dog, Red Dog, by Stephen Dobyns. Chosen by Robert Hass. Published by Holt, Rinehart & Winston.
  • 1982

  • The Greater Leisures, by Jane Miller. Chosen by Stanley Plumly. Published by Doubleday & Co.

  • Selected Poems 1958-1980, by Joanne Kyger. Chosen by Robert Creeley. Published by E.P. Dutton.

  • From the Abandoned Cities, by Donald Revell. Chosen by C.K. Williams. Published by Harper & Row.

  • Hands in Exile, by Susan Tichy. Chosen by Sandra McPherson. Published by Random House.
  • Corpse and Mirror, by John Yau. Chosen by John Ashberry. Published by Holt, Rinehart & Winston.
  • 1981

  • Accidental Weather, by Sherod Santos. Chosen by Charles Wright. Published by Doubleday & Co.

  • Hugging the Jukebox, by Naomi Shihab Nye. Chosen by Josephine Miles. Published by E.P. Dutton.

  • Second Sight, by Jonathan Aaron. Chosen by Anthony Hecht. Published by Harper & Row.

  • The Incognito Lounge, by Denis Johnson. Chosen by Mark Strand. Published by Random House.

  • The Mud Actor, by Cyrus Cassells. Chosen by Al Young. Published by Holt, Rinehart & Winston.
  • 1980

  • Gumbo, by George Barlow. Chosen by Ishmael Reed. Published by Doubleday & Co.

  • The Dollmakers Ghost, by Larry Levis. Chosen by Stanley Kunitz. Published by E.P. Dutton.

  • Leaving Taos, by Robert Peterson. Chosen by Carolyn Kizer. Published by Harper & Row.

  • So This Is the Map, by Reg Saner. Chosen by Derek Walcott. Published by Random House.

  • In Winter, by Michael Ryan. Chosen by Louise Gluck. Published by Holt, Rinehart & Winston.
  • 1979

  • Any Body’s Song, by Joseph Langland. Chosen by Ann Stanford.Published by Doubleday & Co.

  • Folly River, by Wendy Salinger. Chosen by Donald Hall. Published by E.P. Dutton.

  • Selected Poems, by Sterling Brown. Chosen by Michael Harper. Published by Harper & Row.

  • Denizens, by Ronald Perry. Chosen by Donald Justice. Published by Random House.

  • Silks, by Roberta Spear. Chosen by Philip Levine. Published by Holt, Rinehart & Winston.