The Academy of American Poets announced today that Chris Hosea has been selected by the poet John Ashbery as the recipient of the 2013 Walt Whitman Award. Chris Hosea received the award for his book-length collection of poems Put Your Hands In, which will be published in the spring of 2014 by Louisiana State University Press.
The Walt Whitman Award is one of the most prestigious first book prizes in the country, as it publishes a first collection by an American poet and distributes the book to thousands of members of the Academy. The Whitman Award also includes a $5,000 cash prize and a one-month residency at the Vermont Studio Center.
Last year's winner has now been published and is available for purchase: