Features, PoNW Prize & Award Winners

Theodore Roethke Prize & Richard Hugo Prize 2008

Robert BlyRebecca Starks awarded prizes for the best work published in Poetry Northwest in 2008.

2008 Theodore Roethke Prize
Robert Bly of Minneapolis, Minnesota is the recipient of the Theodore Roethke Award for his poem “War and Childhood,” published in the
Spring / Summer 2008 Political Poetry issue.

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2008 Richard Hugo Prize

Rebecca Starks of Portland, Oregon is the recipient of the Richard Hugo Prize for her poem, “Flap of Scenery,” published in the Fall 2008 / Winter 2009 issue.

We award two prizes annually for the best work published in Poetry Northwest for the preceding year. There is no application process; only poems published in the magazine are eligible for consideration.

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Past Recipients

Theodore Roethke Prize
1963 Carol Hall
1964 Richard Hugo and Kenneth O. Hanson
1965 Kenneth O. Hanson
1966 William Stafford
1967 Carolyn Stoloff
1968 John Woods
1969 Thomas James
1970 Philip Booth
1971 Dave Etter
1972 Albert Goldbarth
1973 Mark McCloskey
1974 Greg Kuzma
1975 Joseph Di Prisco
1976 Gary Gildner
1977 Stephen Dunn
1978 Jack Crawford, Jr.
1979 Elton Glaser
1980 Carl Dennis
1981 Pattiann Rogers
1982 None
1983 Rodney Jones
1984 Harry Humes
1985 Lisel Mueller
1986 Mark Doty
1987 Laura Jensen
1988 Brigit Pegeen Kelly
1989 Ron Smith
1990 None
1991 Cecile Hanna Goding
1992 Gloria Boyer
1993 Wesley McNair
1994 W.S. Merwin
1995 A. Manette Ansay
1996 Keith Ratzlaff
1997 Robert Wrigley
1998 Oliver Rice
1999 Dennis Hinrichsen
2000 John Bargowski
2001 Tina Kelley

2002-2005 No award

2006 Richard Kenney
2007 John Koethe
2008 Robert Bly

Richard Hugo Prize
1985 Victoria Wyttenberg
1986 Robert Hershon
1987 Marlene Blessing
1988 Hillel Schwartz
1989 Albert Goldbarth
1990 None
1991 Ben A. Heller
1992 Mark Kraushaar
1993 Cecile Goding
1994 Ted Kooser
1995 James Hart and Deb Oestreicher
1996 Jesse Lee Kercheval
1997 Bruce MacKinnon
1998 Vicki Angel
1999 John Glowney
2000 Jane Bailey
2001 R.T. Smith

2002-2005 No award

2006 Phillis Levin
2007 Supritha Rajan
2008 Rebecca Starks