The Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize is administered by the Academy of American Poets selected by the New Hope Foundation in 1994. Established in 1975, this $25,000 award recognizes the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous year.[1][2][3][4][5]

The Prize was created in 1975 by the New Hope Foundation of Pennsylvania, which was a philanthropic foundation created by Lenore Marshall and her husband, James Marshall, to "support the arts and the cause of world peace";[6] Lenore Marshall, a poet, novelist, editor, and peace activist, had died in 1971.[7] Receipt of the prize has been among the distinctions noted by the Library of Congress when the Poet Laureate of the United States is named.[8][9][10][11]

The Prize was initially administered by the Saturday Review magazine.[12] Following the folding of Saturday Review, the Prize was administered by The Nation magazine.[13] In 1995, administration of the Prize became the responsibility of the Academy; the Prize has a permanent endowment. The Prize is still sponsored by The Nation, which usually publishes an article about the poetry of each year's finalists and winner. The cash value of the prize is currently $25,000.

Year Poet Book Judges
2010 John Koethe Ninety-fifth Street Marianne Boruch, David Kirby, John Yau
2009 Linda Gregg [2] All of It Singing: New and Selected Poems Dorianne Laux, J. D. McClatchy, James Richardson
2008 Henri Cole [14] Blackbird and Wolf Lucie Brock-Broido, B. H. Fairchild, John Koethe
2007 Alice Notley Grave of Light: New and Selected Poems 1970–2005 David Baker, Mark McMorris, Marie Ponsot
2006 Eleanor Lerman Our Post-Soviet History Unfolds Carl Dennis, Tony Hoagland, Carol Muske-Dukes
2005 Anne Winters The Displaced of Capital Louise Glück, Robert Pinsky, Alan Shapiro
2004 Donald Revell [15] My Mojave Brenda Hillman, Forrest Gander, Harryette Mullen
2003 Eamon Grennan Still Life with Waterfall Judith Ortiz Cofer, Andrew Hudgins, Robert Wrigley
2002 Madeline DeFrees Blue Dusk Joy Harjo, Michael S. Harper, Lawson Inada
2001 Fanny Howe Selected Poems Elaine Equi, Ann Lauterbach, Bob Perelman
2000 David Ferry Of No Country I Know: New and Selected Poems and Translations W. S. Di Piero, Mary Kinzie, Eleanor Wilner
1999 Wanda Coleman Bathwater Wine Rafael Campo, Toi Derricotte, Marilyn Hacker
1998 Mark Jarman Questions for Ecclesiastes Charles Simic, Chase Twichell, Charles Wright
1997 Robert Pinsky The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems 1966-1996 Mark Doty, Susan Mitchell, Mary Oliver
1996 Charles Wright Chickamauga Philip Levine, Yusef Komunyakaa, Laurie Sheck
1995 Marilyn Hacker[16] Winter Numbers Maxine Kumin, Cornelius Eady, Alice Fulton
1994 W. S. Merwin Travels Gerald Stern, Deborah Digges, Stephen Dunn
1993 Thom Gunn The Man with Night Sweats Robert Pinsky, Carol Muske, James Tate
1992 Adrienne Rich An Atlas of the Difficult World Mona Van Duyn, Edward Hirsch, Thomas Lux
1991 John Haines New Poems, 1980-88 Donald Hall, Josephine Jacobsen, Molly Peacock
1990 Michael Ryan God Hunger William Pritchard, Sydney Lea, Liz Rosenberg
1989 Thomas McGrath Selected Poems, 1938-1988 Amy Clampitt, Richard Kenney, Robert Shaw
1988 Josephine Jacobsen The Sisters: New & Selected Poems William Jay Smith, Robert Phillips, Katha Pollitt
1987 Donald Hall The Happy Man Robert Pinsky, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Douglas Crase
1986 Howard Moss New Selected Poems J. D. McClatchy, Richard Howard, Rachel Hadas
1985 John Ashbery A Wave Dave Smith, Rika Lesser, John Hollander
1984 Josephine Miles Collected Poems, 1930-83 Alfred Corn, Josephine Jacobsen, Donald Justice
1983 George Starbuck The Argot Merchant Disaster Dana Gioia, May Swenson, Sydney Lea
1982 John Logan The Bridge of Change: Poems 1974-1980 William Jay Smith, Carolyn Kizer, Paul Zweig
1981 Sterling A. Brown The Collected Poems of Sterling A. Brown Philip Levine, Michael S. Harper, Jean Valentine
1980 Stanley Kunitz The Poems of Stanley Kunitz, 1928-1978 William Jay Smith, Cynthia Macdonald, Quincy Troupe
1979 Hayden Carruth Brothers, I Loved You All Alastair Reid, Galway Kinnell, Mark Strand
1978 Allen Tate Collected Poems, 1919-1976 Alastair Reid, John Hollander, May Swenson
1977 Philip Levine The Names of the Lost William Stafford, Carolyn Kizer, Charles Wright
1976 Denise Levertov The Freeing of the Dust Hayden Carruth
1975 Cid Corman O/I Hayden Carruth


  1. Nancy Breen, ed. 2008 Poet's Market. Cincinnati, Ohio: Writer's Digest Books. p. 385. ISBN 9781582974996. 
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  6. "Lenore Marshall". James A. Michener Art Museum. Retrieved 2009-06-12. 
  7. "Lenore G. Marshall, 72, Dies; Was Poet, Novelist, and Editor". The New York Times. September 25, 1971. 
  8. "Poet Laureate Billy Collins Appointed to Serve a Second Term". April 22, 2002. 
  9. "Librarian of Congress Appoints Donald Hall Poet Laureate". June 14, 2006. 
  10. "Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky To Open 1998-99 Literary Series". September 16, 1998. 
  11. "Librarian of Congress Makes Unprecedented Poetry Appointments". April 5, 1999. 
  12. Miller, Marie-Jeanne A. (2005). "Brown, Sterling Allen". In Serafin; Bendixen, Alfred. The Continuum Encyclopedia of American Literature. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 135. ISBN 9780826417770.,M1. "In 1980, the Collected Poems of S. A. B. was published and won deserving accolades and awards, notably the Lenore Marshall/Saturday Review Poetry Prize, given annually to the outstanding book of poems in the U.S.." 
  13. Smith, William Ray (October 16, 1982). "John Logan Wins Marshall Prize". The Nation. 
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