2023 Yawp Poem of the Year Contest

Join us on Saturday, December 2, at 7 PM for the 2023 Yawp Poem of the Year Contest, featuring readings by the twelve winners of Yawp Poem of the Month over the past year contending for our Yawp Poem of the Year Award—decided by audience vote! Guests can purchase tickets to attend the event in person at 144 Montague or virtually via Zoom. Both in-person and virtual guests will be able to cast a vote.

Advance online ticket sales will end at 4 PM on the day of the event. After that, tickets for in-person attendance can be purchased at the door until we reach capacity; tickets for virtual attendance will be available until the start of the event at 7 PM. A Zoom link will be emailed to all ticket holders. Participants are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance for in-person attendance, as the event usually sells out. All ticket sales will contribute to Brooklyn Poets' end-of-year fundraising for fellowships, programs and operations next year.

Finalists include Nicole Alexander, Naomi Brenman, Chiara Di Lello, Alexis Dibbs, Meghan Gwilt, Ann Herendeen, Skye Jackson, Eva Koehler, Claire Madyn, Jennifer Pineo-Dunn, Jaz Sufi and s.e. zelalem. The winner receives a $500 cash prize and gives a reading as part of our Awards Gala program on Sunday, December 10.

Note that by attending this event, you agree to abide by our code of conduct and COVID-19 policy below. We strongly encourage all in-person attendees to wear masks. Brooklyn Poets reserves the right to dismiss from our programs any participant found to be in violation of these policies. Thank you for respecting our community.

2023 Yawp Poem of the Year Finalists

December: Chiara Di Lello, “Overview Effect”

January: Ann Herendeen, “The Star"

February: Jaz Sufi, “Someday I'll Love Jaz Sufi"

March: Skye Jackson, “(when the white girl in the bathroom at hadestown asks if I’m cosplaying as persephone)”

April: Jennifer Pineo-Dunn, “subway bint sundog bint arbutus isle” (excerpt)

May: Naomi Brenman, “Call Me Crazy”

June: Alexis Dibbs, “For the Plants”

July: Nicole Alexander, “ues”

August: Claire Madyn, “return to self”

September: Eva Koehler, “Solo Passage”

October: s.e. zelalem, “notes on blk lovrs”

November: Meghan Gwilt, “I Digress”