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The Joan Leiman Jacobson Poetry Prizes

For over 60 years 92Y’s Discovery Contest has launched the careers of major poets like John Ashbery, Lucille Clifton, Mark Strand, Larry Levis, Mary Jo Bang, Solmaz Sharif and Diana Khoi Nguyen, to name but a few.

The winners of this year's contest are Asa Drake, Luther Hughes, Ana Portnoy Brimmer and Daniella Toosie-Watson. Each one will receive a reading at 92Y in the Fall of 2020, a two-night stay at the Ace Hotel, publication in The Paris Review Daily and $500.

The runners-ups are Amrita Chakraborty, Katherine Indermaur, J. Estanislao Lopez and Jeremy Voigt.

This year’s preliminary judges were Timothy Donnelly and Diana Marie Delgado. Jericho Brown, Paisley Rekdal and Wendy Xu served as final judges.

This contest is endowed by Joan L. and Dr. Julius H. Jacobson, II.


Asa Drake

Asa Drake is a Filipina American writer and public services librarian in Central Florida …

Luther Hughes

Luther Hughes is from Seattle, author of the chapbook Touched, founder of Shade Literary Arts and executive editor for The Offing

Ana Portnoy Brimmer

Ana Portnoy Brimmer is a Puerto Rican poet-performer, writer and organizer …

Daniella Toosie-Watson

Daniella Toosie-Watson is a poet, visual artist and educator from New York …

Preliminary Judges

Timothy Donnelly

Timothy Donnelly is the author of Twenty-Seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit

Diana Marie Delgado

Diana Marie Delgado is the author of Tracing the Horse and the chapbook Late Night Talks with Men I Think I Trust

Final Judges

Jericho Brown

Jericho Brown is the author of Please, which received the 2009 American Book Award …

Paisley Rekdal

Paisley Rekdal is the author of Animal Eye, a finalist for the 2013 Kingsley Tufts Prize and winner of the UNT Rilke Prize …

Wendy Xu

Born in Shandong, China, poet Wendy Xu is the author of You Are Not Dead and Phrasis, winner of the Ottoline Prize …


Leslie Marie Aguilar
Allison Albino
Nadia Alexis
Fullamusu Bangura
Jeanette Beebe
Nicole Burney
Sasha Burshteyn
Ama Codjoe
Alisha Dietzman
Jacob Eigen
Lupita Eyde-Tucker
Charlene Francois
JP Grasser
K. Avvirin Gray
Paula Harris
W.J. Herbert
Jose Hernandez Diaz
KT Herr
Sakinah Hofler
Marcus Jamison
Daniel Kraft
Daschielle Louis
Lisa Low
Eduardo Martinez
Kristina Martino
Derick Mattern
Victoria Lynne McCoy
Vaughan Meyer
Joshua Nguyen
C. L. O’Dell
Alexa Patrick
Robyn Maree Pickens
Emily Pittinos
Monica Rico
Phil SaintDenisSanchez
Suzi Smith
Lolita Stewart-White
Samuel Ugbechie
Laura Villareal
Arriel Vinson
Dāshaun Washington
Kelly Weber

Please note that all 92Y regularly scheduled in-person programs are suspended.