2015 Forward Poetry Winners

Announced Monday night, 28th September 2015:


Claudia Rankine       wins top award for best collection with:                                 Citizen: an American Lyric                     Penguin Books     £9.99

Mona Arshi      wins the prize for best first collection with      Small Hands    published by Pavilion Poetry (Liverpool Uni. Press)

Clare Harman won the prize for best single poem      ‘The Mighty Hudson’   from ‘Times Literary Supplement’

Value of the prizes are £10,000; £5,000 and £1,000 respectively.

2015 Shortlist
Best Collection:
Ciaran Carson: From Elsewhere                (Gallery Books)
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin:  The Boys of Bluehill          (Gallery Books)
Paul Muldoon: One Thousand Things Worth Knowing    (Faber & Faber)
Claudia Rankine:   Citizen: An American Lyric        (Penguin Books)
Peter Riley:  Due North                  (Shearsman)
Best First Collection
Mona Arshi:  Small Hands       (Pavilion Poetry, Liverpool University Press)
Sarah Howe:   Loop of Jade      (Chatto & Windus)
Andrew McMillan:      physical        (Cape Poetry)
Matthew Siegel:  Blood Work          (CB editions)
Karen McCarthy Woolf,:      An Aviary of Small Birds       (Carcanet)

Best Single Poem
Maura Dooley:  ‘Cleaning Jim Dine’s Heart’       (The Poetry Review)
Andrew Elliott:  ‘Doppelgänger’        (Sonofabook)
Ann Gray:   ‘My Blue Hen’                  (The Moth)
Claire Harman:  ‘The Mighty Hudson’     (”Times Literary Supplement”)
Kim Moore:  ‘In That Year’                  (Poetry News)

This year’s judges were:   

A.L.Kennedy (chair),  Emma Harding, Colette Bryce, Carrie Etter and Warsan Shire


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