The Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize is a major American literary award for a first full-length book of poetry in the English language.
Since 1981 the prize, initiated by Ed Ochester and developed by Frederick A. Hetzel, has recognized and supported emerging poets and made their work available to readers around the world. The award is open to any poet writing in English who has not had a full-length book published previously. A "full-length book" of poetry is defined as a volume of 48 or more pages published in an edition of 750 or more copies. The prize carries a cash award of $5,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press in the Pitt Poetry Series. The prize is named for a former director of the Press. The winner is announced in the fall of each year. Winners of this poetry prize include Lawrence Joseph, Kate Daniels, Liz Rosenberg, Robley Wilson, and Julia Kasdorf. 1981 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Frederick Armstrong Hetzel (1930â2003) was an American publisher of a major university press. ... The University of Pittsburgh Press is a scholarly publishing house founded in 1936 by University of Pittsburgh chancellor John Gabbert Bowman with funding from the A. W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust, the Buhl Foundation, the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, and the university itself. ... The Pitt Poetry Series, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press since 1968, is one of the largest and best known lists of contemporary American poetry by any publisher. ... Lawrence Joseph (b. ...
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