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.


  • May2020 Winners

    • First Place

      Burying My Brother
      by Bob Bradshaw
      The Waters

      Second Place

      The Asian man who walks past the balcony
      by Daniel J. Flore III
      Babilu

      Third Place

      Five Hundred Yards from Home
      by Richard Moorhead
      Wild Poetry Forum

  • April 2020 Winners

    • First Place

      In the next life we were married
      by Ken Brownlow
      The Waters

      Second Place

      To a Wayward Son
      by Ken Ashworth
      The Waters

      Third Place

      Separation
      by Bob Bradshaw
      The Writer's Block