Akbar is the author of the chapbook Portrait of the Alcoholic (Sibling Rivalry Press, January 2017); his first collection Calling a Wolf a Wolf was published in the US by Alice James Books in September 2017, and will be published in the UK by Penguin in February 2018. Born in Tehran, he is currently a professor at Purdue University’s MFA program and Randolph College. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, as well as the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. Akbar is also the founder and editor of Divedapper, which conducts interviews with major voices in contemporary poetry.
Dr Todd Swift, Publishing Director of Eyewear, says “We are very grateful to Franz Wright’s estate for this incredible honour, and thrilled to launch this prize in recognition of Franz’s support of poetry. Eyewear has always championed a diverse range of voices in poetry, and are proud to be taking submissions from poets of any age, from all over the world. Kaveh will make a wonderful judge for this first iteration, and we’re sure he’ll have many fantastic manuscripts to choose from.”
Photo credit for Franz Wright: Elizabeth Oehlkers Wright