The Georgia Reviewannounced the winner and finalists for the tenth annual Loraine Williams Poetry Prize, an award for a single poem, to be published in the journal. Dawn Lundy Martin served as final judge for the competition, which is named for the late Loraine Williams, a longtime Atlanta-based patron of the arts. Below, hear winner Felicia Zamora and featured finalists Tyree Daye, Aria Pahari, Weijia Pan, Courtney Faye Taylor, and Adele Elise Williams read their poems.
All six works appear in our Winter 2022 issue, available now.
Felicia Zamora is the author of six books of poetry, including Quotient (Tinderbox Editions, 2022) and I Always Carry My Bones (University of Iowa Press, 2021), winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize and the Ohioana Book Award in Poetry. Her poems appear in American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry 2022, Boston Review, The Missouri Review, Orion, Poetry, The Nation, and others. She is an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Cincinnati and associate poetry editor for the Colorado Review.
Tyree Daye is the author of the poetry collections a little bump in the earth, forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press; Cardinal (Copper Canyon, 2020); and River Hymns (American Poetry Review, 2017), winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize. A Cave Canem fellow, Palm Beach Poetry Festival Langston Hughes Fellow, and Whiting Writers Award recipient, Daye is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Aria Pahari is a Nepali American poet from Virginia who received her MFA in poetry at the University of Arizona. Through her poems, she explores the concept of intimacy through registers of asexuality, femininity/the matrilineal, animals, sisterhood, and touch. Her poems can be found in Waxwing, Honey Literary, Homology Lit, and The Margins.
Weijia Pan is a poet and translator from Shanghai, China, and an MFA candidate at the University of Houston. His poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from AGNI, The Georgia Review, Tupelo Quarterly, 诗釱, and elsewhere.
Courtney Faye Taylor is a writer and visual artist. She is the author of Concentrate (Graywolf Press, 2022), selected by Rachel Eliza Griffiths as the winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. A recipient of the 92Y Discovery Prize and an Academy of American Poets Prize, Taylor’s work can be found in Poetry, The Nation, Ploughshares, Best New Poets, and elsewhere.
Adele Elise Williams is a writer, editor, and educator. She is a PhD candidate in literature and creative writing at the University of Houston, where she serves as nonfiction editor for Gulf Coast. Williams’s work can be found or is forthcoming in Crazyhorse, Guernica, Cream City Review, The Florida Review, The Adroit Journal, Beloit Poetry Journal, and elsewhere.