Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award

2019 Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award Winner

Bob Hicok for Hold 
from Copper Canyon Press

Judge: Maria Mazziotti Gillan

Bob Hicok’s, HOLD is an amazing, inventive book rooted in everyday life but full of associative leaps that lead us to interesting and unusual places. He manages to celebrate the world for both its ugliness and beauty. What a spectacular achievement!

Kessler Award Finalists for 2019 (in alphabetical order):

  • Suzanne Cleary, Crude Angel (BkMk Press) 

  • Allison Joseph, Confessions of a Barefaced Woman (Red Hen Press)

  • Jamie Mortara, Good Morning America I Am Hungry and on Fire (YesYes Books)

  • Bushra Rehman, Marianna’s Beauty Salon (Sibling Rivalry Press)

  • Ines P. Rivera Prosdocimi, Love Letter to an Afterlife (Black Lawrence Press)