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 2021 Winners

    • First Place

      Cycling Across t’Bridge
      by Ieaun ap Hywel
      The Writer's Block

      Second Place

      Now Hear the Word of the Lord
      by Jim Zola
      The Waters

      Third Place

      Opening the Letter
      by Jim Doss
      Wild Poetry Forum

      Honorable Mention

      Help Wanted
      by Mary MacGowan
      The Waters

      Honorable Mention

      Ode to a Hummingbird
      by RC James
      Babilu

      Honorable Mention

      Sizing Up
      by Paul A. Freeman
      The Write Idea

  • October 2021 Winners

    • First Place (Tie)

      Anna and the Scourge
      by RC James
      Babilu

      First Place (Tie)

      Mother Banana
      by Christina Vanthul
      Babilu

      Second Place

      Neighbors
      by Jim Doss
      Wild Poetry Forum