The National Poetry Series was established in 1978 to recognize and promote excellence in contemporary poetry.

Meet the Winners of the 2021 Competition

2021 poets

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 National Poetry Series (from left): Su Cho, Shelley Puhak, Kien Lam, No’u Revilla and Alexandra Lytton Regalado. Learn more …

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Writers on the National Poetry Series


I know of no program more vital to the launching of a poet’s career than The National Poetry Series. For over 30 years, 5 poets annually have enjoyed the immense benefit of having their manuscripts transformed into handsome books by some of the most prestigious publishers in the country. Measured by these hard, practical results alone, the Series deserves the support of every devotee of poetry. My own Questions About Angels, selected by Edward Hirsch in 1990, marked the true beginning of my public life in poetry.

Billy Collins

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Congratulations to poets Su Cho, Shelley Puhak, Kien Lam, No'u Revilla and Alexandra Lytton Regalado.
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Three Poet Laureates and three Pulitzer Prize Winners read their work and discuss the role of the poet.
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National Poetry Series founder and director Daniel Halpern reflects on the 50th anniversary of his publishing imprint, Ecco, in an interview with Mitchell Kaplan on LitHub.
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