Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

Established in 1981, the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize is administered by the
University of Pittsburgh Press. Named in honor of Agnes Lynch Starrett, the Press’s
first director, the prize is awarded for a first full-length book of poems.

The prize carries a cash award of $5,000 and publication by the University of
Pittsburgh Press as part of the Pitt Poetry Series. The series is edited by Ed Ochester, who also serves as final judge in the Starrett competition.

2019 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize Winner

The winner of the 2019 Starrett Poetry Prize is Eleanor Boudreau for Earnest, Earnest?. University of Pittsburgh Press will publish Boudreau’s collection in fall 2020. Read the full announcement on our news page.

Winner of the 2018 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

The Tenant of Fire

Plenty of poems are written about Manhattan and Brooklyn but not many about the outer boroughs of New York City. Ryan Black’s excellent poems grow from his experience of south Queens, a place of varied ethnicity and economic classes, and such landmarks as Victory Field and Forest Park. That’s to say: a part of the City unknown to most tourists.

Ed Ochester