Awarded to a living American poet, selected with reference to his or her genius and need.

The Shelley Memorial Award Winners

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2014 Bernadette Mayer

 
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2013 Lucia Perillo / Martín Espada

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2012 Wanda Coleman

 
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2011 Rigoberto Gonzalez / Joan Larkin

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2010 Kenneth Irby / Eileen Myles

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2009 Ron Padgett / Gary Young

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2008 Ed Roberson

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2007 Kimiko Hahn

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2006 George Stanley

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2005 Lyn Hejinian

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2004 Yusef Komunyakaa

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2003 James McMichael

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2002 Marie Ponsot / Angela Jackson

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2001 Michael Palmer / Alice Notley

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2000 Jean Valentine

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1999 Tom Sleigh

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1998 Eleanor Ross Taylor

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1997 Frank Bidart

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1996 Robert Pinsky / Anne Waldman

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1995 Stanley Kunitz

 
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1994 Kenneth Koch / Cathy Song

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1993 Josephine Jacobsen

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1992 Lucille Clifton

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1991 Shirley Kaufman

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1990 Thom Gunn

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1989 Thomas McGrath / Theodore Weiss

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1988 Dennis Schmitz

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1987 Mona Van Duyn

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1986 Gary Snyder

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1985 Etheridge Knight

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1984 Denise Levertov / Robert Duncan

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1983 Jon Anderson / Leo Connellan

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1982 Alan Dugan

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1981 Robert Creeley

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1980 Julia Randall

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1979 Hayden Carruth

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1978 Jane Cooper / William Everson

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1977 Muriel Rukeyser

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1976 Gwendolyn Brooks

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1975 Edward Field

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1974 W. S. Merwin

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1973 John Ashbery / Richard Wilbur

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1972 Galway Kinnell

 
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1971 Adrienne Rich / Louise Townsend Nicholl

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1970 X. J. Kennedy / Mary Oliver

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1969 Anne Stanford

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1968 May Swenson

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1967 Anne Sexton

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1966 David Ignatow

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1965 Ruth Stone

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1964 William Stafford

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1963 Eric Baker

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1962 Theodore Roethke

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1961 Robinson Jeffers

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1960 Delmore Schwartz

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1959 Rose Garcia Villa

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1958 Kenneth Rexroth

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1957 George Abbe

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1956 Robert Fitzgerald

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1955 Leonie Adams

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1954 Kenenth Patchen

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1953 Elizabeth Bishop

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1952 Richard Eberhardt

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1951 Jeremy Ingalls

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1950 Louis Kent

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1949 John Berryman

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1948 Janet Lewis

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1947 Rolfe Humphries

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1946 Karl Shapiro

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1945 E. E. Cummings

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1944 Edgar Lee Masters

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1943 Robert Penn Warren

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1942 Ridgely Torrence

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1941 Marianne Moore

 
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1940 Herbert Bruncken / Winfield T. Scott

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1939 Robert Francis / Harry Brown

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1938 Lincoln Fitzell

 
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1937 Charolotte Wilder / Ben Belitt

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1936 Josephine Miles

 
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1935 Lola Ridge / Marya Zaturenska

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1934 Lola Ridge / Frances Frost

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1932 Archibald MacLeish

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1931 Lizette Woodworth Reese

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1930 Conrad Aiken