Poetry@Tech, Detainee Allies, and Poetry International are delighted to share the results of the Dignity Not Detention Prize.
When we began this project, we had no idea how widely it would reach into the world: poets from three continents sent work for consideration. The winners, runners-up, and finalists include a broad range of poets: some are widely published, and have received such prestigious honors as the Yale Younger Poets Award, the Pushcart Prize, a Poet Laureateship, and Best American Poetry anthology publications, while others have never been published before.
Judge Ilya Kaminsky was so impressed that he chose two winners for each prize category (one category given to detainees at the Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego, California, and one given to anyone currently living outside of detention). We are delighted to share the winners and Judge’s citations with you here.