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Best Poet BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Jessica Katoff

Best Poet BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Theresa Davis

Best Poet BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Jessica Katoff

Best Poet BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Nicholas Goodly

Best poet BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Guest Critic
Jessica Katoff

Best local poet BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Theresa Davis

Best Local Poet BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Terrill Soules
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Best local poet BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Mikel K Poet

Best local poet BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Mikel K Poet

Best local poet BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Natasha Trethewey
Decatur's reputation as a bastion of literature precedes it. The seven-year-old Decatur Book Festival proudly holds the title of largest independent book festival in the country. Dozens of writers such as Joshilyn Jackson, Kevin Young, Josh Russell, and Terra Elan McVoy (DBF program director) call themore...
Decatur's reputation as a bastion of literature precedes it. The seven-year-old Decatur Book Festival proudly holds the title of largest independent book festival in the country. Dozens of writers such as Joshilyn Jackson, Kevin Young, Josh Russell, and Terra Elan McVoy (DBF program director) call the mini-city home. But in 2012, the bookish enclave's cachet was secured in the history books when local author and Emory professor Natasha Trethewey was named the 2012-13 U.S. Poet Laureate. Trethewey, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for her poetry collection Native Guard, is only the second Southerner and African-American ever honored with the award. (Robert Penn Warren was the original laureate in 1986 and Rita Dove received the title in 1993.) Trethewey's poems and prose are meditations on family, race, memory, identity, and place inspired by her experience growing up biracial in the South. She began writing poetry after her mother was murdered by her stepfather "to make sense of what had happened," she told the Associated Press this year. In August, Trethewey launched her fourth collection of poems, Thrall, with the keynote address at the Decatur Book Festival. www.poets.org/ntret. less...

Best local poet BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Mikel K

Best local poet BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Kevin Young

Local poet BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Kodac Harrison

Best poet BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Paul Guest

Best local poet BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Kodac Harrison

www.kodacharrison.com


Runners-up:


Mikel K


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AND


Natasha Trethewey


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Best local poet: Tie BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers

Best local poet: Tie BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
www.kodacharrison.com. Runner-up Linda Taylor

Best Local Poet BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Kodac Harrison

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