Willard Spiegelman

Judged: Poem of the Year: May 2010-Apr 2011

Willard Spiegelman

Willard Spiegelman is the Hughes Professor of English at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and the long-time Editor-in-Chief of the Southwest Review, now the country’s third oldest, continuously published literary quarterly. He is the author of many books on English Romantic, and contemporary American poetry, and, most recently, of Imaginative Transcripts: Selected Literary Essays (Oxford University Press) and Seven Pleasures: Essays on Ordinary Happiness (FSG, and, in paper from Picador). He edited the selected letters of Amy Clampitt for Columbia University Press (Love, Amy), and is a frequent contributor to the Leisure & Arts pages of the Wall Street Journal and Opera News. He has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and Amy Clampitt Foundations. In 2005 PEN awarded him the Nora Magid Prize for Excellence in Literary Editing. He has done two series of educational tapes for The Teaching Company: How to Read and Understand Poetry, and The Lives and Works of the English Romantic Poets.


  • November 2017 Winners

    • First Place

      Hope Springs Like a Panther from a Large Boulder Overhead
      by Andrew Dufresne
      Wild Poetry Forum

      Second Place

      Lullaby
      by Ken Ashworth
      The Writer's Block

      Third Place

      Love Story
      by Bob Bradshaw
      The Writer's Block

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    • First Place

      The Day of a Girl
      by John Riley
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      Second Place

      Night Thoughts of a Mottled Songbird
      by Kenny A. Chaffin
      Wild Poetry Forum

      Third Place

      The Art of Not Being Descartes
      by Guy Kettelhack
      Wild Poetry Forum