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Unterberg Poetry Center

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 Kenzie Allen, Ina Cariño, Mag Gabbert and Alexandra Zukerman. Each one receives a reading at 92Y, publication in The Paris Review Daily, a stay at the Ace Hotel in Manhattan and $500.

The runners-ups are Walter Ancarrow, Hannah Loeb, Dāshaun Washington and JinJin Xu.

This year’s preliminary judges were Timothy Donnelly and Julia Guez, winner of the Discovery Prize in 2013. Rick Barot, Mónica de la Torre and Patricia Spears Jones served as final judges.

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


Kenzie Allen

Kenzie Allen is a poet and multimodal artist and a descendant of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin …

Ina Cariño

Ina Cariño holds an MFA in creative writing from North Carolina State University …

Mag Gabbert

Mag Gabbert holds a PhD from Texas Tech University and an MFA from The University of California at Riverside …

Alexandra Zukerman

Alexandra Zukerman is a poet and photographer. Originally from New York, she has spent time in many places …

Preliminary Judges

Timothy Donnelly

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

Julia Guez

Julia Guez’s poetry and translations have appeared in Guernica, POETRY, The Brooklyn Rail and Kenyon Review

Final Judges

Rick Barot

Rick Barot is the author of Chord, winner of PEN Open Book Award and the Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award …

Mónica de la Torre

Born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico, Mónica de la Torre is the author of four books of poetry …

Patricia Spears Jones

Patricia Spears Jones is a Brooklyn-based African American poet. Her most recent collection of poems, A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems


Rachel Abramowitz
Kemi Alabi
Selma Asotić
Zachary Bos
Mariah Bosch
Julia Burgdorff
Zoe Canner
Brian Cochran
Madeleine Cravens
Laura Cresté
Marissa Davis
Rachel Edelman
April Goldman
Nicholas Goodly
Lauren Green
Greer Gurland
Kathryn Haemmerle
Destiny Hemphill
Darren Higgins
Patrycja Humienik
Spencer Hupp
Tatiana Johnson-Boria
Shilpa Kamat
Mia Kang
Kelly B Madden
Olivia Mardwig
Maggie Millner
Lena Moses-Schmitt
C. L. O'Dell
Alison Palmer
Karen Pittelman
Kathleen Radigan
Nick Rattner
Austin Rodenbiker
Sahar Romani
Ben Seanor
Rob Shapiro
Yvette Siegert
imogen xtian smith
Nick Stanovick
Sophia Stid
Hannah Webster
Lauren Winchester
Mariya Zilberman

Read selections by last year’s winners: Asa Drake, Luther Hughes, Ana Portnoy Brimmer and Daniella Toosie-Watson.