The C.D. Wright Award for Poetry

The C.D. Wright Award for Poetry is administered by a confidential nomination and selection process. Applications and unsolicited nominations are not accepted.

This endowed annual award was established in 2017 with a gift from Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015) and Jack Shear in memory of the poet, who died in 2016 at the age of 67. C.D. Wright was herself a 1999 recipient of a Grants to Artists award. The award is made annually through Grants to Artists to a poet over the age of 50 whose work exemplifies Wright's vibrant lyricism, seriousness, and striking originality. The inaugural award is $40,000 and will be made to the experimental poet Lisa Robertson in January 2018.

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C.D. Wright Award for Poetry Recipients