National Poetry Series 2018 Winners!

Christopher Kondrich photoWe are pleased to announce that Christopher Kondrich has won one of five coveted positions as a National Poetry Series winner.  His book Valuing, chosen by Jericho Brown, will be published by the University of Georgia Press in 2019.

Kondrich is the author of Contrapuntal (Free Verse Editions, 2013) and a winner of both the Iowa Review Award for Poetry and the Paris-American Reading Series Prize. His poetry appears or is forthcoming in the Antioch Review, Boston Review, Conjunctions, Crazyhorse, Harvard Review, the Iowa Review, the Kenyon Review, Witness, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts and a PhD from the University of Denver. An associate editor for 32 Poems, he lives and works in Maryland.

The National Poetry Series was established in 1978 to ensure the publication of poetry books annually through participating publishers. More than 160 books have been awarded since the series’s inception. Publication is funded by the Lannan Foundation, Stephen Graham, the Joyce & Seward Johnson Foundation, Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds, and the Poetry Foundation.

Other winners this year include:

Fear of Description by Daniel Poppick
Chosen by Brenda Shaughnessy for Penguin Books

Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers by Jake Skeets
Chosen by Kathy Fagan for Milkweed Editions

It’s Not Magic by Jon Sands
Chosen by Richard Blanco for Beacon Press

Nervous System by Rosalie Moffett
Chosen by Monica Youn for Ecco

The winning books are also scheduled for publication in 2019.

For more information about the National Poetry Series, please contact Beth Dial, Coordinator, by e-mail at or by mail:

The National Poetry Series
57 Mountain Avenue
Princeton, NJ 08540.

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