1986-1990 Academy of American Poets Prize Winners

Some poems may contain explicit language.

1990

  • Winner: Kevin Marzahl - "Moonrise, Hernandez, NM, 1941"
  • Honorable Mention: Jeffrey Dorey - "The plane raced heavenward," Marc Dukes - "FUSION," and Ronald Sathoff - "Upon Learning that Existence Is Not an Action"

1989

  • Winner: Jeff Thomson - "Peninsula State Park"
  • Honorable Mention: Joe Conradi - "I Have Seen Dogs Drink Out of the Toilet," Al Salsich, Jr. - "Just Here," Elise Bittner - "Slime Doggie," and Travitt Hamilton - "Candle Lite Motel, Outside Danville, Late July, Eight P.M.; Drought"

1988

  • Winner: Travitt Hamilton - "My Father, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, 1968."
  • Honorable Mention: Ron Sathoff - "Pictorial," Mark Goldman - "Getting Paid to Watch Truck Traffic in Loading Zones in Late May," and Allison Wright - "The Velos"

1987

  • Co-Winner: Steven Sturm - "Layover from 1 to 5 A.M."
  • Co-Winner: John Cassidy - "Lifeline"
  • Honorable Mention: Jill Pintozzi - "Weekley Visit," Joseph Like - "Ten Miles Out," Ronald Sathoff - "Wanderlust. No Services," and James Kelly - "Utter Isolation"

1986

  • Co-Winner: Joe Like - "Her Shakey Voice"
  • Co-Winner: Becki Martello - "Lament"
  • Honorable Mention: Dave Awl - "Some Several Certain Things I Desire" and Richard Smith - "CERTIFIED TO COMPLY WITH CLASS B PART 15"