2012 Wabash Poetry Prize, with Judge Nikky Finney

By Jessica Jacobs, Editor-in-Chief


With the Nonfiction Prize now closed, we are thrilled to officially announce that the 2012 Wabash Prize for Poetry will be judged by Nikky Finney. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication.

In addition to the 2011 National Book Award-winning collection Head Off & Split, she is the author of three other books of poetry–The World is Round, Rice, and On Wings Made of Gauze–as well as Heartwood, a collection of four interrelated stories.

Finney is the Guy Davenport Endowed Professor in the Department of English at the University of Kentucky. She is also a phenomenal speaker as she has proved at pretty much every one of her readings and in her much acclaimed acceptance speech of the National Book Award for Poetry, which was replayed on NPR and which NBA presenter John Lithgow called, “The best acceptance speech for anything that [I’ve] ever heard in [my] life.”

The deadline for the Prize is November 1. For more information and to submit, visit our contests page.