The University of Georgia Press is pleased to announce Jessica Tanck as the winner of the 2022 Georgia Poetry Prize. In partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Georgia, the University of Georgia Press established the Georgia Poetry Prize in 2015 as a national competition that celebrates excellence in poetry.
The winner of the annual contest receives a cash award of $1,000, a publication contract with the University of Georgia Press, and invitations to read excerpts from the work at the two sponsoring institutions. The prize was established through the generous support of the Georgia and Bruce McEver Fund for the Arts and Environment at the University of Georgia Press. Tanck’s collection Winter Here will be published by the University of Georgia Press in March 2024.
A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s MFA program, Jessica Tanck grew up in Wisconsin, on the shores of Lake Michigan. Her writing appears or is forthcoming in the Adroit Journal, Alaska Quarterly Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Colorado Review, DIAGRAM, Gulf Coast, and Kenyon Review, among other publications. She lives and writes in Salt Lake City, where she is a doctoral student in English literature and creative writing at the University of Utah. She serves as the editor of Quarterly West.
This year’s finalists are Sarah Crossland of Charlottesville, Virginia; Colin Dekeersgieter of Carrboro, North Carolina; and Erika Luckert of Lincoln, Nebraska.