Finalists selected for Kingsley, Kate Tufts poetry awards

Claremont Graduate University (CGU) announces the selection of the 10 finalists for the 2019 Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Awards.

The Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award honors a midcareer poet with $100,000; the Kate Tufts Discovery Award recognizes the work of a poet of promise with $10,000.

This year’s five finalists for each award were chosen from a pool of several hundred nominations submitted by individuals and by publishers. The chair of this year’s judging committee is Timothy Donnelly, winner of the 2012 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.

Winners will be announced in February, followed by two events in April: a private awards ceremony on the campus of CGU on April 10 and a public reading on April 11 at the Huntington Library and Gardens in San Marino.

This year’s finalists for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award are Tyree Daye for “River Hymns,” Diana Khoi Nguyen for “Ghost Of,” Justin Phillip Reed for “Indecency,” Vanessa Angélica Villarreal for “Beast Meridian” and Javier Zamora for “Unaccompanied.”

This year’s finalists for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award are CAConrad for “While Standing in Line for Death,” Terrance Hayes for “American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin,” Brenda Hillman for “Extra Hidden Life, among the Days,” Dawn Lundy Martin for “Good Stock Strange Blood” and Craig Santos Perez for “from unincorporated territory [lukao].”

The Kingsley Tufts Award was started at CGU in 1992 by Kate Tufts to honor her late husband, Kingsley, who held various executive positions in LA-area shipyards and wrote and published poetry. The Kate Tufts Discovery Award followed a year later.

For information, visit the Tufts Poetry Awards on the CGU website at


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