The Sexton Prize is an annual publication award now with a $2,000 prize for an outstanding new collection of poetry by an American poet. The winning manuscript will be published by Eyewear Publishing LTD in the United Kingdom, and distributed in both the United States and the United Kingdom and Ireland, simultaneously in 2020.
The final judge for the 2020 Sexton Prize is the prize-winning American poet Terese Svoboda.
Terese Svoboda is a poet, fiction writer, biographer and memoirist. Her poetry collections include When the Next Big War Blows Down the Valley: Selected and New Poems (Anhinga Press, 2015), Treason (Zoo Press, 2002), and Weapons Grade (University of Arkansas, 2009), as well as Professor Harriman's Steam Air-Ship from Eyewear.
She is the recipient of the Cecil Hemley Award, the Emily Dickinson Prize, and the Iowa Poetry Prize, as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She lives in New York City. Svoboda has twice been Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Hawaii and has held the McGee Professorship at Davidson. She has taught at Williams, Sarah Lawrence, Columbia School of the Arts, College of William and Mary, and many other institutions.
Previous year's distinguished American judges have been Don Share, Kimiko Hahn and Lloyd Schwartz.