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POL Prizes

We are delighted to announce the publication of Julia Bouwsma's Midden, winner of the POL Prize, selected by Afaa Michael Weaver; and Henk Rossouw's Xamissa, winner of the POL Editor's Prize.

Check out an article on Julia Bouwsma's Midden that appeared in the Boston Globe.

Read an in-depth review essay in The Kenyon Review of Xamissa, along with two other books.

Tess Taylor has selected Julia Bouwsma's Midden as one of the 2018 Great Reads for NPR.

We are thrilled that Cathy Park Hong will judge this year's POL Prize. Submissions are now closed.

Please check back in the Spring of 2019 for information on next year's prize.

Reading Series

Poets Out Loud 2018-2019 Readings

Monday, September 24: Nausheen Eusuf and Renato Rosaldo.

Thursday, October 18: Launch of POL prize-winning books by Julia Bouwsma and Henk Rossouw, with Nicole Cooley.

Monday, November 12: Jay Hopler and JoAnne McFarland.


Wednesday, January 23: Joshua Bell and Jenny Xie.

Tuesday, February 26: Meg Day and Sharon Wang.

Monday, April 8: Afaa Weaver and readings by local high school students through POL outreach program.

All readings are at 7 p.m. at 113 West 60 St in the12th-floor lounge. Free and open to the public. Refreshments served after each reading.

A special thanks to all of our 2017-2018 readers and all who attended their readings. We would also like to thank all who participated in the high school outreach program.

About Poets Out Loud

Poets Out Loud is a community of poetry at Fordham University at Lincoln Center. POL's mission is to provide opportunities for the creation, dissemination, and enjoyment of poetry.

Serving the Fordham University community and New York City at large, the POL Reading Series presents free public readings throughout the academic year. Funded by the Dean of Lincoln Center, it is committed to representing a range of poetic styles and ethnicities and to including both distinguished and emerging poets; recent readers include Frank Bidart, Timothy Donnelly, R. Erica Doyle, Alicia Ostriker, Willie Perdomo, and Anne Waldman. In coordination with the readings, POL also organizes an outreach program for high school students from under-served communities.

The POL Book Series, run in collaboration with Fordham University Press, issues two new full-length volumes of poetry annually, awarding publication and honoraria to the best manuscripts submitted in an international competition. Recent publications include Cyclorama by Daneen Wardrop, winner of the 2013-2014 POL Prize, selected by Kimiko Hahn and On Generation & Corruption by Terrence Chiusano, winner of the 2013-2014 POL Editor's Prize, selected by Elisabeth Frost.

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